Coast Guard rescues kayaker attempting long journey to Hawaii

SAN PEDRO, Calif.- The Coast Guard has rescued a 57-year-old man Tuesday morning, attempting to kayak from Calif. to Hawaii, when a distress call was received indicating an equipment failure.

The Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach Command Center received a report of a stranded kayaker approximately 63 miles southwest of Point Conception, Calif. A friend of the man stated that he left Monterey, Calif, on May 30th to attempt to kayak to Hawaii. The kayak was equipped with solar panel technology that charged all of his electronics, which assisted during the voyage. The solar panel malfunctioned on June 7th, causing the kayaker to turn back toward the mainland. A distress call was made on June 10th as the man started to become disoriented.

Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles launched a MH-65 helicopter to locate the kayaker while the Coast Guard Cutter Aspen was sent to the search area. The helicopter crew spotted the man and directed the cutter crew to his location.

The man reported no injuries and was in good health.

All mariners are reminded that filing a float plan with a friend will increase your chances of being rescued. “A voyage from California to Hawaii is a long and treacherous journey for any vessel and exponentially more dangerous for a kayaker. His preparedness allowed him to call for help but he is very lucky to be alive,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Hall, a watch stander at the Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach Command Center.

The distance between Monterey, CA and Honolulu, HI is 2,397 miles.

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