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Coast Guard Rescues Kayaker Stranded In Ocean

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By Paul Johnson

Los Angeles, California (CNN) - The U.S. coast guard said it rescued a man trying to kayak from California to Hawaii -- after an equipment malfunction 11 days into his 24-hundred-mile journey.
The coast guard said it got a report of a kayaker stranded about 60 miles southwest of point conception.
A friend of the 57-year-old man said the kayaker left Monterey on May 30th and had planned to go to Hawaii.
But about a week in, a solar panel that charged the man's electronics -- assisting him with the trip -- failed, causing him to turn back to California.
He subsequently became disoriented and sent out a distress call on tuesday.
Rescue crews were dispatched by air and sea to find him.
A helicopter crew spotted him and directed a cutter crew to him.
He was not injured and was reported to be in good health after the rescue.


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