Fishermen rescue 72-year-old man from the ocean

November 6, 2015

Montana de Oro State ParkTwo fishermen pulled a 72-year-old man from the ocean near Montana de Oro State Park Friday morning. The victim is expected to recover from his injuries.

Shortly after 9 a.m., the fisherman discovered the man floating in the water. They pulled him to safety and radioed for assistance, according to a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department press release.

The 72-year-old man had been kayaking alone when his boat overturned approximately one mile from Point Buchon. The victim, who was cold and fatigued and suffering from hypothermia, believes he was in the water for at least two hours.

His name has not been released to the media.


Kayaking alone is an unwise choice. The kayaker is very fortunate one of our now local hammerhead sharks didn’t discover him before the fishermen! The buddy system is safer.


I understand the sheriff’s patrol boat also played a role in the rescue; is that true?


This guy is lucky he is alive. Kayaking in winter off a rocky coast with unstable currents and wave action is foolish enough, but to venture out without a handheld 2-way marine radio and a cellphone is downright stupid.


But he is alive and now he knows to use extra caution. God Bless him and the fishermen.