Shelter Cove Fire Finds ‘Lost’ Kayaker
According to Cheryl Antony, spokesperson for Shelter Cove Fire, the Kayaker was supposed to return a little after 6 p.m. With thick fog blanketing the area, his wife became concerned and called 911.
Shelter Cove Fire personnel didn’t have much to go on. “He had a bright yellow kayak and a white shirt but you couldn’t see 10 feet off the shore it was so foggy,” Antony said. Fortunately, the team was already assembled as they were preparing for possible trouble from fireworks traditionally set off by partiers on the beach.
“[The team] the boat out and put on wetsuits.” Antony explained. “Two guys went out and one launched the boat.” Fortunately, she said it was still light. “It was early enough. We can’t go out in the dark and the Coast Guard can’t come out in that kind of fog.”
She said the thought was, “We have to rescue him or no one else will.”
Other team members deployed up and down the coast to scan the waters with binoculars. “Nobody else was out in the water and the boat rescue team had trouble locating him,” she said. “They went out to the buoys and then to any area he might be…Search and Rescue was looking all over. If we don’t find him soon, we aren’t going to find him tonight.”
Searching in a methodical grid, the boat team was having trouble locating the missing man when Antony on a cliff spotted his yellow Kayak trying to make its way to shore through the thick fog and heavy surf. “He was paddling for all he was worth but not making any progress,” she said. “The [rescue] boat came back and…kinda guided him in.”
Antony said, the San Francisco kayaker “didn’t think he was missing, but his wife thought he was missing.”
She added, “His wife was like…’I don’t know whether I should hug him or clobber him.'”
In the end, the man made it safely to shore. “Everyone was kind of laughing,” Antony said. She added, “And [the Kayaker] said, “All this and I didn’t catch a salmon.”