A Connecticut woman whose kayak overturned in Long Island Sound on Saturday morning was quickly rescued by Suffolk County police and U.S. Coast Guard members, authorities said.
Martha Bailey, 60, of Cheshire, Connecticut, was kayaking five miles north of Roanoke Point in Riverhead at about 10:50 a.m. when her vessel tipped over, throwing her into water, Suffolk police said.
Bailey, wearing a life jacket, used a handheld radio to call for help, saying, "mayday, mayday, mayday, kayaker in the water," authorities said. She also activated a position beacon that identified her approximate location using GPS, police said.
Police rushed to the area and dispatched a helicopter. They spotting Bailey hanging on to the red kayak at 11:08 a.m., police said, with the helicopter directing Coast Guard and police vessels to her location.
Bailey was taken aboard the Coast Guard vessel and rushed to its New Haven station for medical evaluation. They found her in good condition, officials said.
"Her preparedness was a major factor in us rescuing her today," said U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Frank St. Pierre, the command duty officer for the Long Island Sound sector. "We hope that others who are looking to go out on the water take into consideration that they should be prepared for the worst, because being prepared could help save your life."