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Coast Guard Rescues Kayakers in Distress Off Goleta Beach

Pair got into trouble after losing a paddle and called 9-1-1 for help

In footage captured by a Santa Barbara Fire Department rescue swimmer, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter prepares to hoist to safety one of two kayakers who got in to trouble Saturday afternoon off the coast of Goleta.

In footage captured by a Santa Barbara Fire Department rescue swimmer, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter prepares to hoist to safety one of two kayakers who got in to trouble Saturday afternoon off the coast of Goleta. ()

By Tom Bolton, Noozhawk Executive Editor | @tombol | updated logo 8:34 p.m. |

Scroll to the bottom to see video of the rescue.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was enlisted to rescue two kayakers who got into trouble in the ocean off Goleta Beach on Saturday afternoon, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Emergency personnel, including the Santa Barbara Fire Department’s Water Rescue Team, were called out at about 4:30 p.m. on a report of two kayakers in distress, said Engineer Paul Christensen.

With the help of the Coast Guard and the Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol, the kayakers were located some 10 miles south of the Goleta Pier, he said.

They were experiencing medical difficulties, Christensen said, so the Coast Guard initiated a hoist rescue.

Names of the kayakers were not immediately available, but the city Fire Department said they were two men, ages 27 and 24.

The men got into trouble when they lost a paddle, city fire officials said.

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» on 04.28.13 @ 05:00 PM

Yesterday’s KEYT news reported that the two wore no floatation gear either. Rescue operations, even minor ones like these, are dangerous operations and costly for our Coast Guard. These young men were completely negligent. The ocean and wilderness are to be respected as well as enjoyed. Irresponsible people such as these take up valuable resources, in time and money. Is there legislation that requires the negligent to pay for rescue operations? If not, there should be. Unable to pay or not, jail time on top of any fine would make the point well enough too.

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