Missing kayaker prompts Coast Guard response

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
SAN PEDRO, Calif. – A missing kayaker was found safe on land after being reported missing near Morro Bay State Park, July 23.

The man had gone kayaking with a group of four friends to go fishing off of Morro Bay, Calif., at about 6:45 a.m. After about an hour and a half into the trip, he began feeling nauseous and turned to paddle back to shore. The man recently had dental work done and thought that could be a reason for his feeling ill.

A short time later, one of the other members of the group heard shouting and paddled to shore to see if their friend had returned safely. When they could not locate the man, the friend notified the man’s girlfriend who then contacted the Coast Guard.

A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles was launched and another helicopter was diverted from operations in the San Luis Obispo-area to begin searching. Coast Guard Station Morro Bay also launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat to locate the man.

A Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) truck spotted the man walking along the road at about 10:40 a.m.

This incident underscores the need for boaters and kayakers to keep everyone in their party and family at home aware of their situation. It is also important to make sure you are in good physical health and fitness before going out onto the water, as even something as minor as a trip to the dentist could affect your abilities.

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