Tuesday, October 3, 2023

[Update: Rescue Successful] Water Rescue Initiated After Kayaker Reported in Distress on Caspar Beach

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At 4:19 p.m, first responders were dispatched to a water rescue after reports of a yellow kayaker in distress on Caspar Beach.

Dispatch directed first responders to the Caspar Beach RV park at 14441 Point Cabrillo Dr, Mendocino, CA as the most convienient access point.

Requested agencies include Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department, Coast Guard, Fort Bragg Ambulance, and Reach air ambulance. The dispatcher indicated Coast Guard had already launched regarding the incident.

UPDATE: 5:26 p.m.

Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department’s Public Information Officer Tyler Grinberg said his agency was dispatched to a report of a kayaker in distress on Caspar Beach. Upon investigation, Grinberg said the “incident was not as reported.”

Grinberg told us a state parks lifeguard made contact with the distressed kayaker and “escorted him in with Mendocino Fire and US Coast Guard providing backup.”

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In the spirit of safety, Grinberg said Mendocino Fire, “would like to remind everyone to maintain situational awareness when engaging in water recreation and, although this incident turned out to be benign, to call 911 earlier rather than later.”

Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.

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  1. Kayaker was able to scramble onto rocks at northern point of Caspar headland and then relaunch kayak in calmer water and made it back to the beach. Great response by emergency teams.

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