(CNN) - When it comes to public relations, John Kerry can't seem to keep his head above water.
After initially denying the report, the State Department released a correction Friday morning acknowledging that the Secretary of State was indeed yachting on Wednesday, the day Egypt's first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsy was overthrown by a coup staged by the Egyptian military.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki first denied that Kerry was yachting off the coast of Nantucket in a news conference on Wednesday saying, "Any report or tweet that he was on a boat is completely inaccurate." She later corrected her statement Friday morning saying that Kerry was in fact, "briefly on his boat on Wednesday."
This isn't the first time Kerry has found himself foundering in aquatic controversies.
In 2004, George W. Bush used a clip of Kerry windsurfing, also off the coast of Nantucket, in an ad that aimed to frame Kerry as a flip-flopper on important policy issues. The ad featured Kerry windsurfing back and forth against choppy waves while text on the screen and voiceovers described Kerry voting for and against various issues, such as education reform, increasing Medicare premiums and the Iraq war.
The ad was one of the most iconic of the 2004 race, reinforcing the Republican narrative of Kerry as an opportunistic politician, and ultimately helping to sink his campaign for presidency against Bush.
Earlier that year Kerry was the target of another set of attacks ads sponsored by a group called Swift Vets and POWs for Truth, which claimed it felt compelled to sponsor the ads because of Kerry's "deliberate misrepresentation of the nature and effectiveness of Swift boat operations" during his service in the Vietnam War.
Kerry was a decorated Navy officer who commanded a Swift boat, which the Navy used to patrol Vietnam's coastal waters and inland waterways.