Skip to comments.Coast Guard saves man trying to cross Pacific in kayak
Posted on 06/19/2014 3:51:42 PM PDT by driftdiver
LOS ANGELES The U.S. Coast Guard says a man is "lucky to be alive" after he was rescued 11 days into an attempted kayak voyage from California to Hawaii.
A helicopter spotted the 57-year-old man, who had turned back to California, in the Pacific on Tuesday about 60 miles southwest of Santa Barbara's Point Conception after he sent a distress call indicating equipment failure, the Coast Guard said in a statement.
The helicopter directed a Coast Guard cutter crew to the man, who was found in good health, the statement said. His name was not released.
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
His name has not been released, but we can now tell you he is I. M. A. Nutt.
How could he carry enough food and water in a kayak for such a trip?
He should have just climbed into the landing gear of a 737. It’s proven to be a much safer method of crossing the Pacific.
Well he got almost 1/45 of the way there.
Darwin is foiled again.
Coast Guard rescues dumb*ss ping.
in 1985 I single handed a 33ft sloop from Ventura Ca to Hawaii and back....took 17 days to get there and 25 to get back
“Idiocracy” explained it best. This is why we are screwed. In the good old days, this idiot would have died somewhere a couple miles off the coast. But now he is alive to breed and pollute the gene pool with stupidity for generations to come.
“Well he got almost 1/45 of the way there.”
Aaaah,a “glass half full” person.
My big trip bucket-item project to do is travel around the world partly by kayak and partly by bicycle, but I’d put a sail on my kayak.
There is a guy who did successfully kayak from CA to HI.
Paddling from California to Hawaii
by Ed Gillette
There have been a few of people who have paddled across the Atlantic, too.
Looking like a castaway Polish man finally reaches land after paddling across the Atlantic on a six-month 6,000 mile journey in a kayak
Peter Bray was in 2001, the third person known to cross the Atlantic Ocean alone in a kayak (Franz Romer in 1928 and Hannes Lindemann in 1956 preceded him) but the first one to paddle west to east (i.e.: not riding favorable currents) and also the first one not using sails to help his paddling.
This is a mention from Expeditionkayak.com
On June 25, 1987, Ed Gillet (3) departed alone from Monterey, California in a production Necky Tofino double laden with 600 pounds of food and gear with the intention of mostly sailing his way to Hawaii. However, it was an El Nino year and the anticipated trade winds and currents failed him. Gillet spent less time using his parafoil sail than actually paddling the Bananafish.
He carried desalinization equipment to ensure a fresh water supply. But when he lost his radio on week two, with it went all contact with the outside world for the remaining eight weeks. When Gillet failed to appear by his predicted arrival window his family flew into a frenzy. They unsuccessfully lobbied the Coast Guard to search for him. Sixty-three days after his departure and four days after he ran out of food, suffering from 40 hours of sleep deprivation and subject to winds and currents driving him north, past the islands, Gillet steered in a hallucinatory dawn into Kahului Harbor and landed on Maui Beach.
a life raft experience. It amazes me, when I think back on it, that I didnt die, he says. It doesnt amaze me that I paddled to Hawaiithats more or less a straightforward thing to do. You make the mileage, you paddle your boat, you get there. Its benign at that time of year: You dont have hurricanes at the latitudes I was traveling at. But physically, Im still amazed I was able to withstand that kind of punishment.
Despite advances in technology, Gillets 2,200-mile Pacific journey remains so epic none have ever tried to match it. A few kayakers have achieved greater mileage, but not on an open-water crossing of the Pacific.
We know he’s probably not a conservative. They would have at least ore-planned and assessed the risks and obstacles beforehand not plunge into an ocean with a kayak that could be swallowed whole by some sharks. Actually the guy is a great metaphor or the loony leftists and their life philosophy.
equipment failure = tired arms
Darwin is foiled again.
And a shark is disappointed.
We know hes probably not a conservative. They would have at least pre-planned and assessed the risks and obstacles beforehand not plunge into an ocean with a kayak that could be swallowed whole by some sharks. Actually the guy is a great metaphor for the loony leftists and their life philosophy.
He figured he was going to lasso a whale heading to Hawaii.
If he had taken an infant child along, plenty of Freepers would be defending him, LOL!
How many small islands could you island-hop across the Pacific?
I do hope the local tv station does an interview — it should be precious.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.