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      Safety tips for kayakers

      After a lost kayaker was rescued Monday in Ontonagon County, the U.S. Coast Guard is reminding everyone to take the proper safety measures when heading out onto the water.

      The lost kayaker in Ontonagon County was able to make it to shore and build a fire to keep warm before calling 911. The Coast Guard says the best thing to do if you're in a similar situation is to stay where you're at and call for help. It is also advised that you carry an extra set of dry clothes in a waterproof bag as well as carrying a whistle on your life jacket.

      The Coast Guard says before you go out; always make sure you have a plan.

      "File a plan with a family member, file a plan with a best friend," said P.O. Nowell Johnson of the Coast Guard. "Let them know where you're going, let them know what time you're going, where you're starting from, where you're expecting to stop at, what time you're expected back home so that there's a general idea from your family member where you're operating at."

      Although it is not legally required in the State of Michigan for your kayak to be registered, there are waterproof IDs available. Identification stickers can be picked up at the Coast Guard station in Dollar Bay.