17-Year-Old Girl Rescued by Coast Guard After She Disappears During Kayak Trip

Coast Guard rescuers found a teenage girl who drifted for hours Sunday night after becoming separated from her family during a kayak outing the Gulf of Mexico.

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Helped by night-vision equipment, a Coast Helicopter spied the girl floating in waters off Tarpon Springs, Florida, at about 10 p.m., officials said.

Her family reported her missing at 6 p.m. when she failed to return to their departure point. Officials launched a water and air search.

She drifted for several hours after the wake from a passing boat knocked her paddle overboard, she told Coast Guard rescuers. 

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After she was spotted by helicopter personnel, a Coast Guard boat was dispatched to pick her up.

Aside from mild hypothermia, she was in good condition and was reunited with her family, officials said. 

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