. LOS ANGELES — The U.S. 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 indicating equipment failure, the Coast Guard said in a statement.
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.
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The solar panel malfunctioned Saturday, and the man turned back. He sent out the distress call when he couldn’t find his way.
The Coast Guard urged would-be mariners to file a float plan before taking long trips.
“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.”