Multiple SLO County agencies respond to kayakers in distress
Multiple agencies responded to a distress call off the coast on Saturday afternoon, according to Acting Captain Ryan Maloney of the Cambria Community Services District Fire Department, and a private boat ended up helping rescue a pair of kayakers.
Cambria Fire responded to the call at Leffingwell Landing at 12:13 p.m. and settled the incident at 2:16 p.m.
Two kayakers were helping two struggling men back into their kayaks. A fishing boat named The Endeavor heard the emergency call and retrieved the two people from the water and their kayaks, Maloney said.
The other two people still in their kayaks were brought ashore by a jet ski and a dinghy.
The kayakers were about three miles from shore, Maloney said, when they were hit by high winds and two of them rolled over.
“We have a wind coming in from the northwest and if they go straight in it makes it very difficult to paddle back,” Maloney said.
A Coast Guard boat arrived and escorted the Endeavor to the Morro Bay harbor station, according to Maloney.
The Coast Guard took one person in distress and their caretaker to Morro Bay for further assessment, Maloney said.
It is not known if there were any injuries, according to Cambria paramedic Michael Deleo.
Maloney recommends local kayakers paddle north in the morning to be helped by northwesterly winds when they return to shore.
This story was originally published August 14, 2022 11:35 a.m.