Stranded California kite surfer rescued after writing ‘HELP’ with rocks

The person was trapped on the slim stretch of sand — towering cliffs to at least one facet, and waves lapping on the opposite. Fortunately, he considered a time-tested means of signaling that he wanted to be rescued: Spelling out “HELP” on the seashore utilizing rocks he discovered there.

The person, a kite surfer who turned stranded when he encountered difficult climate whereas practising the game, was rescued from a distant seashore in central California after a non-public helicopter noticed his misery sign, the California Division of Forestry and Fireplace Safety said.

The pilot alerted emergency providers, which airlifted the castaway from the seashore, south of Davenport Touchdown, in Santa Cruz County, Cal Fireplace stated Sunday in social media posts.

The person turned trapped on account of a “first rate measurement surf” and pockets with no wind, because the climate was unpredictable and “altering very, very quick,” Fireplace Capt. Skylar Merritt, of Cal Fireplace’s San Mateo-Santa Cruz unit, stated according to the Los Angeles Instances.

A stranded kite surfer was rescued from a seashore in central California on June 9, after he used rocks to spell out “HELP.” (Video: CAL FIRE CZU San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit by way of Fb)

“The surfer didn’t want medical consideration,” simply assist leaving the seashore, the San Mateo-Santa Cruz unit wrote on X.

Merritt told the Los Angeles Instances that the person was solely caught on the seashore for just a few hours and that he was not affected by hypothermia or dehydration — widespread dangers for anybody ending up stranded in distant areas with out entry to shelter, meals or water.

A rescue staff made up of California and Santa Cruz County firefighters and California State Parks crews labored collectively to extract the person. Videos of the operation posted by Cal Fireplace on social media present rescuers being lowered onto the seashore from a helicopter overhead and hooking the person in, earlier than being hoisted up by the helicopter and onto the cliff, the place firefighters gave the impression to be ready for him.

The rescue mission was “fast” and “turned out effectively,” Merritt stated. However he stated that the person ought to have advised his household or associates the place he was, according to NBC Bay Area. The person was “positively fortunate” that the helicopter pilot seen him, Merritt stated, in line with NBC.

Spelling out “HELP” or “SOS” to draw the eye of passing plane and ships is a trick commonly used by castaways to name for help. The Nationwide Park Service recommends that anybody who turns into stranded in wilderness attempt to ship some form of sign to the surface world thrice in a collection — the “universal distress call” — similar to sending up a light-weight beam utilizing a mirror or different reflective object.

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