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MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — A kayaker who became stranded on Lake Michigan during an endurance trip was rescued quickly thanks in part to a type of GPS device that’s becoming more popular.
Matt Frymire, 31, was attempting to paddle across the widest part of the lake when big waves made it impossible for him to finish Monday. Thankfully, he had a personal locator beacon, or PLB, that told rescuers where he was.
“That device was very important in his case. He was on a very small vessel on some very rough conditions and time was of the essence. So instead of searching for him for hours, we knew exactly where to look,” Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Chris Apple of the U.S. Coast Guard in Muskegon said.
The Coast Guard found Frymire in minutes rather than hours.
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