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UPDATE: Man rescued near Lockwood Folly Inlet improving, taken off life support

(Source: Holden Beach police) (Source: Holden Beach police)

A kayaker who had been reported missing was rescued from the water near Lockwood Folly Inlet on Tuesday evening.

Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad Chief David Robinson said Coastline was notified by 911 services around 5:25 p.m. that boaters found a male subject floating in the water.

The victim, identified as Robert Brown, 63, of Oak Island, was found semi-responsive wearing his personal floatation device. The boaters pulled him from the water and called 911. 

"We believe he may have either fallen or got ejected from a kayak," Robinson said in an email Tuesday night.

Holden Beach police say Brown was kayaking in the inlet when was overtaken by several waves and ejected from the kayak. 

The boaters immediately transported Brown to the wildlife ramp on Holden Beach where emergency crews starting working on him.

Brown was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and was in serious condition. 

On Wednesday, Brown, who Robinson said was in "serious hypothermic distress" after his rescue, was up talking to his family and taken off life support. 

Brown's 14-foot kayak washed up on Holden Beach a day after the rescue, police said.

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