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Coast Guard saves Hawaii-bound kayaker

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:58 p.m. HST, Jun 11, 2014

LOS ANGELES >> The U.S. Coast Guard says a man is lucky to be alive after he was rescued 11 days into an attempted kayak voyage from California to Hawaii.

A helicopter spotted the 57-year-old man, who had turned back to California, in the Pacific on Tuesday about 60 miles southwest of Santa Barbara's Point Conception after he sent a distress call indicating equipment failure, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

The helicopter directed a Coast Guard cutter crew to the man, who was found in good health, the statement said. His name was not released.

A friend of the man said he had left Monterey on May 30 attempting to make the voyage of nearly 2,400 miles to Honolulu in a kayak with a solar panel that charged all his electronic equipment.

The solar panel malfunctioned Saturday, and the man turned back. He sent out the distress call when he couldn't find his way.

The Coast Guard urged would-be mariners to file a float plan before taking long trips.

"A voyage from California to Hawaii is a long and treacherous journey for any vessel and exponentially more dangerous for a kayaker," Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Hall said in the statement. "His preparedness allowed him to call for help, but he is very lucky to be alive."

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Slow wrote:
Why not just swim next time? What could go wrong?
on June 11,2014 | 06:27AM
cojef wrote:
Always getting other people involved to save them from their fool-hardy escapades, and often causing the Government getting involved and putting rescue personnel at risks.
on June 11,2014 | 07:24AM
Bdpapa wrote:
on June 11,2014 | 12:59PM
paniolo wrote:
When you dumb, you dumb. Even the Hokulea has Hikianalia close by, just in case either gets into trouble.
on June 11,2014 | 09:55AM
pj737 wrote:
California to Hawaii on a KAYAK?? Please make this half-wit pay for this rescue. We shouldn't be responsible for supporting these narcissists and their ridiculous attempts to prove they are super human.
on June 11,2014 | 03:59PM
nssanes wrote:
The next one will have his 5 year old son with him.
on June 11,2014 | 04:23PM
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