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Stranded Kite Surfer Rescued From California Beach After Spelling ‘Help’ With Rocks

Stranded Kite Surfer Rescued From California Beach After Spelling ‘Help’ With Rocks
Jill McLaughlin

Jill McLaughlin

6/10/2024

Updated: 6/10/2024

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First responders rescued a kite surfer from a remote California beach June 9 after a private helicopter pilot spotted the word “help” spelled out in rocks.
Videos posted on X by fire rescue crews Sunday showed the rescue as a first responder was lowered from a hovering helicopter onto the thin strand of Davenport Landing beach, about 12 miles north of Santa Cruz.
The surfer was strapped to a rescue line attached to the helicopter and lifted to safety on a bluff above the beach, according to the social media post.
“The beach is somewhat remote, access is difficult,” CalFire’s San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit wrote on X. “The tide was also coming in.”
The surfer, who was identified only as a male, did not need medical attention, according to CalFire.
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Jill McLaughlin

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Jill McLaughlin is an award-winning journalist covering politics, environment, and statewide issues. She has been a reporter and editor for newspapers in Oregon, Nevada, and New Mexico. Jill was born in Yosemite National Park and enjoys the majestic outdoors, traveling, golfing, and hiking.

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