NAVARRE BEACH — Members of the Navarre Beach Fire Department had to dodge lightning bolts and rough seas Thursday morning to rescue a kayaker who was caught in the Gulf of Mexico during a severe thunderstorm.
According to Chief Danny Furreigh, the department responded to a 911 call around 10 a.m. from residents of a high rise who spotted the kayaker through binoculars.
“He was more than a mile out,” Furreigh said. “We couldn’t even see him from the shore.”
The department launched one of its personal watercraft to help rescue the kayaker, who was located west of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. The first responders towed the kayaker back to shore.
“It was awful out there,” Furreigh said. “There was lightning everywhere.”
No one was hurt in the incident, Furreigh said.