Monterey County

Coast Guard rescues kayaker during journey to Hawaii

MONTEREY, Calif. - UPDATED 6/13: The kayaker was not a participant in the Great Pacific Race as previously reported.

The Coast Guard rescued a 57-year-old man Tuesday morning near San Pedro after a report of an equipment failure.

The Coast Guard in Los Angeles-Long Beach received a report of a stranded kayaker approximately 63 miles southwest of Point Conception.

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.

The Coast Guard launched a helicopter to locate the kayaker while a cutter was sent to the search area.

The man reported no injuries and was in good health.

The Coast Guard recommends any boaters file a float plan with a friend before you leave on a trip.

"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.

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

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