Firefighters rescue fisherman off Gaviota Beach

May 10, 2024


Santa Barbara County Fire Department personnel rescued a fisherman off Gavota Beach on Friday. The man had spent several hours in the cold Pacific Ocean prior to his rescue.

In the morning hours, the 72-year-old victim, who was wearing a life jacket, fell out of his kayak and was unable to get back on board. Beachgoers spotted the man, who was about 200 feet from shore waving for help, and called 911.

Firefighters with paddleboards rescued the fisherman. First responders transported the man by ambulance to Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara for treatment of mild hypothermia.


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200′ offshore? Why didn’t any of these onlookers simply wade out to get him?

Agree, or just kick yourself to shore, less dangerous than in a kayak.

It’s too bad you weren’t there to save him yourself.