Thirteen kayakers found themselves in trouble during a commercially-guided paddle from Meyer Beach to the sea caves in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore last week, according to the U.S. Park Service.
On Aug. 17, two kayakers capsized in three to four foot seas and were rescued by a private boater who transported them to Cornucopia. Eight others were struggling in rough water near the sea caves and requested assistance from National Park Service staff. The remaining kayakers were able to paddle safely back to Meyer Beach.
A small craft advisory had been posted for the near-shore waters of western Lake Superior, according to the Park Service, and park rangers at Meyer Beach had advised the group of kayakers not to launch due to existing, hazardous wave conditions. Waves at the mainland sea caves at the time of the launce were known to be two to three feet, according to the real time wave observation system at www.seacaveswatch.org. At the time of the rescue, seas had increased to four to five feet. Winds at Devils Island were 30 miles per hour, gusting to 35 miles per hour.