Coast Guard Locates Overdue Kayakers

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – The Coast Guard received a report of two overdue kayakers on Sunday at approximately 8 p.m. from concerned friends on shore.

According to initial reports, two male kayakers undertook an attempt to transit in a tandem kayak from Isthmus Harbor at Catalina Island to Redondo Beach.

A Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and the Coast Guard Cutter Blacktip were immediately launched to begin search and rescue efforts.

A sharp-eyed rescue swimmer, Petty Officer 3rd Class Karol Garrison, aboard the Coast Guard MH-65C Dolphin helicopter spotted the kayakers shortly before 10 p.m., at a position four nautical miles southwest of Point Fermin.

Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin embarked the two individuals and transported them safely to San Pedro.

The southern California region is currently experiencing above normal surf conditions and small craft advisories are in effect. Small craft advisories are issued in response to expected wind and wave conditions that can be hazardous to smaller vessels. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid getting underway in these conditions.

Vessel operators who decide to get underway should check current and forecasted weather, and remain aware of changing conditions once on the water. The Coast Guard and the National Weather Service broadcast marine weather forecasts regularly.

Forecasts can be heard by tuning a marine-band VHF radio to channels WX-1 through WX-7 or to channel 22A during scheduled Coast Guard marine information broadcasts. Further information can be found at the National Weather Service website:

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