GLOUCESTER (CBS) – A missing kayaker was rescued after floating in four-foot seas in the Salem Channel for about three hours Saturday afternoon.

An empty unlabeled kayak was reported between Salem and Beverly just after 2 p.m. The kayaker’s wife reported him overdue a short time later.

Two Coast Guard crews and crews from the Salem and Beverly Harbormasters responded. After about an hour, the Beverly Harbormaster found the kayaker wearing a life jacket near House Island.

“A life jacket really saved this man’s life,” said Coast Guard Ensign Isabella Stoyka. “If his kayak was labeled, we may have found him sooner.”

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