A kayaker tried to get to Hawaii from California but had to be rescued: “It went from bad to worse very quickly”

This is how kayaker Cyril Derreumaux was rescued with a US Coast Guard helicopter

A kayaker hoping to paddle solo from California to Hawaii was rescued six days after his departure by a United States Coast Guard helicopter in the middle of a rough sea and strong winds.

Cyril Derreumaux, 44, had several problems with his 23-foot (7-meter) kayak, but when he lost his sea anchor he said he knew he had to cut short his adventure.

Things went from bad to worse very quickly after that”, He told the newspaper San Francisco Chronicle from his home in Larkspur, California.

In this photo provided by the United States Coast Guard, kayaker Cyril Derreumaux, in shorts, poses with the crew of the helicopter that rescued him on Saturday, June 5, 2021 (Photo: AP)

After consulting with his team on the ground, Derreumaux called the Coast Guard to rescue him on Saturday night. about 70 miles (113 km) west of Santa Cruz, California. A diver lowered into the water from a helicopter and helped lift Derreumaux.

Besides losing the anchor, the kayak’s anchor lines had become entangled in the rudder, the GPS was malfunctioning and Derreumaux was dizzy as 3.6 meter waves hit him.

“While we were working with my team to solve this problem with the GPS, the general behavior of my kayak suddenly changed, which I immediately attributed to a failure of the sea anchor,” Derremaux said Sunday in a post on his Facebook account. . “In a few moments my kayak was placed almost parallel to the axis of the waves, and I found myself violently tossed from one side to the other, along with all the equipment that was stored in the cabin”, he remembered.

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And continued: “As night had just fallen, it was clear that the situation was not sustainable: I could not eat, drink, sleep or easily communicate with my team on the ground.”

File photo: Cyril Derreumaux inside the cockpit of his custom ocean kayak (Photo: Stephen Lam / San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
File photo: Cyril Derreumaux inside the cockpit of his custom ocean kayak (Photo: Stephen Lam / San Francisco Chronicle via AP)

Derreumaux’s ship is still adrift in the Pacific Ocean. He said he hopes to coordinate a recovery effort this week when the winds subside.

“I made the right decision”, said Derreumaux to San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday. “Although it is still disappointing,” he added.

File photo: Cyril Derreumaux paddles his custom ocean kayak (Photo: Stephen Lam / San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
File photo: Cyril Derreumaux paddles his custom ocean kayak (Photo: Stephen Lam / San Francisco Chronicle via AP)

Derreumaux left Sausalito, California, on Monday, May 31, and expected the trip across the Pacific to last about 70 days. He prepared for the journey during three years. “I knew from the beginning that it would be difficult,” he wrote on his Facebook profile. “I still have my passion for this adventure intact, and I am still determined to make it come true … I will not give up,” he said.

With AP information

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