Lost kayaker rescued after 50-mile journey

Published: August 16, 2007 | 6594th good news item since 2003

A Coral Springs man who went adrift in his kayak off the shores of Fort Lauderdale washed up Monday morning unharmed at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Beach Club.

Curtiss Shupe, 37, told rescuers he started his 50-mile journey just south of Broward Boulevard at noon Sunday.

He said he got caught in strong currents and could not get back to shore in Broward County. He also said he became tired and decided to go with the current until it lessened before attempting to paddle back to land.

When it grew dark, Shupe was unsure of his location and he made the decision to continue with the current until morning.

At about 8 a.m. Monday, he spotted a worker at Mar-a-Lago and asked for assistance. The worker alerted a security officer at the club who contacted Palm Beach Fire-Rescue.

Shupe remained conscious and alert, but did not realize he had drifted as far north as Palm Beach.

According to Palm Beach Fire-Rescue, he had a supply of water with him and was wearing a life jacket the entire time. He said he had left his cell phone in his truck before getting into his kayak.

Rescuers gave him fluids and took him to Good Samaritan Medical Center as a precaution. He was released Monday afternoon.

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