LOS ANGELES — The US Coast Guard says a man is lucky to be alive after he was rescued 11 days into an attempted kayak voyage from California to Hawaii.
A helicopter spotted the 57-year-old man, who had turned back to California, in the Pacific on Tuesday about 60 miles southwest of Santa Barbara’s Point Conception after he sent a distress call, the Coast Guard said.
The helicopter directed a Coast Guard cutter crew to the man, who was found in good health, the statement said. His name was not released.
A friend of the man said he had left Monterey on May 30 attempting to make the voyage of nearly 2,400 miles to Honolulu in a kayak with a solar panel that charged all his electronic equipment.
The solar panel malfunctioned Saturday, and the man turned back. He sent out the distress call when he couldn’t find his way.