Kayaker airlifted off coast of Montana de Oro
September 2, 2014
An emergency crew airlifted a kayaker trapped off the coast of Montana de Oro on Monday afternoon. [Tribune]
Lompoc resident Guy Harvell, 43, abandoned his kayak after overturning it shortly after noon Monday. Harvell then clung to a rock about 50 feet offshore from Montana de Oro for nearly an hour.
Large waves washed over the kayaker and nearly threw him off the rock, rescuers said.
A CHP helicopter rescue team airlifted Harvell from the rock to a nearby bluff. Emergency responders then cleared him to go home.
The rescue crew also retrieved Harvell’s kayak from the water. The kayak had the words “Barely Floatin” painted on the side.