A South Chatham woman suffered mild hypothermia and had to be rescued by firefighters off Lighthouse Beach Tuesday night, police and fire officials said.

Cathylene Creedon, who officials said is in her 40s, was kiteboarding back to shore when she misjudged an offshore wind, according to a Chatham Fire Department spokesman. The wind blew her farther out to sea and dunked her into the water.

Creedon signaled to people on shore that she was in distress after trying unsuccessfully to get her kiteboard upright, the fire spokesman said. Police were called and they summoned paramedics at 6:08 p.m. The paramedics, who keep a rescue boat on a trailer at the fire station, reacted quickly and plucked Creedon out of the water at 6:19 p.m.

“The fire department did an unbelievable job,” Chatham police Sgt. Andrew Goddard said. “It was amazing.”

Creedon had been in the water a total of 40 minutes, the fire department spokesman said. She was taken from the water to the beach, where she warmed up using blankets and heat packs in an ambulance.

Fire officials said that if they had arrived any later, the result might have been tragic.

Source: Cape Cod Times