2 kayakers rescued after 9 hours in sound near Outer Banks

NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) – The Coast Guard says two men have been rescued in the Pamlico Sound nearly nine hours after their kayaks sank off the Outer Banks.

Authorities say the men were wearing life jackets, which likely saved their lives.

Coast Guard officials said one of the men called for help around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, giving rescuers their position.

A helicopter and boats started searching, finally finding them around 1:15 a.m. Sunday. Paramedics began treating both men. Their conditions and names were not immediately released. Authorities say they are in their 20s.

The Coast Guard says the men drifted about 9 miles southwest of where their ordeal started, near the Oregon Inlet.

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