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Coast guard saves man who attempted to kayak from California to Hawaii

By Erica M. Szkola ,

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a 57-year-old man Tuesday morning who was attempting to travel from Monterey, California to Hawaii by kayak.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the kayaker's problems began when solar panel technology he brought with him to keep his electronic equipment charged broke.

With equipment malfunctioning, he attempted to return to California, but became confused about which was was home and had to send out a distress call.

A helicopter spotted the man who was about 60 miles southwest of Santa Barbara's point conception, according to The Associated Press. His name was not released and there are no reports of injury. The coast guard rescued him after he spent 11 days at sea.

"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."

The journey, had he made it, would have been nearly 2,400 miles.

 
 

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