A kayaker trying to make a 2,400-mile solo trip from California to Hawaii had to be rescued by helicopter after making it just 70 miles offshore.
Cyril Derreumaux had already run into numerous problems since leaving Sausalito near the Golden Gate Bridge in his 23-foot kayak in the early hours of May 31, according to his online updates.
Late Saturday, the Frenchman lost his GPS, as well as the tracking data to his ground crew — then was overwhelmed by worsening weather, nearly capsizing as waves reached almost 15 feet, he said.
“It went from bad to worse very fast,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle.
“I found myself violently tossed from side to side, along with all the equipment that was stored in the cabin,” he explained in a Facebook post, saying that he also saw “water entering my cabin.”
The Coast Guard rescued Cyril Derreumaux (third from right) approximately 70 miles west of Santa Cruz, California.US Coast