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Kayaker stranded in water for 24 hours

Sandusky Register Staff • Jul 29, 2014 at 8:44 PM

A kayaker was rescued by some passing boaters after spending a stormy evening in Lake Erie Sunday.

Travis Casper, 34, of Galloway, in Franklin County, had put his kayak into the water near Marblehead on Sunday afternoon en route to Kelleys Island, according to Erie County Sheriff's deputy Anthony Gibbs. It's unclear whether he arrived at his destination prior to his kayak overturning, spilling him into the lake around 4 p.m.

Casper held onto his boat overnight and most of Monday, until he was spotted by two men in a power boat. He waved his paddle to get their attention, and the boaters were able to pull him up before calling Huron police just before 5 p.m., Gibbs said.

The man was "conscious and talking but cold" before taken for medical treatment, Gibbs said.

Casper's condition was unknown Monday evening. A call to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Watercraft was not immediately returned.

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