Water Rescue for Kite Surfer in Distress

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Update by Santa Barbara City Fire Department

On Sunday November 8, 2020, at approximately 1 pm, the Combined Communications Center received emergency calls reporting a kite surfer in distress. Citizens called from the Douglas Family Preserve and Arroyo Burro Beach. Initial reports stated the kite surfer was between Arroyo Burro Beach and Mesa Lane.  Santa Barbara City Fire Department responded with 4 fire engines one truck company and a Battalion Chief. Harbor Patrol responded in Boat 2.

The first engine company to arrive at Arroyo Burro Beach, reported a kite surfer down in the water, east of their location. A second engine company responded to the Douglas Family Preserve, contacted a reporting party and remained on scene to observe and report on conditions.

1 Rescue swimmer deployed from the Santa Barbara City Fire Department, entered the water and paddled to the victim. Harbor Patrol Boat 2 threw a rescue line to the surfer, and pulled him and his kite onto the boat. The male approximately 50 years of age was not hurt but said he was “cold and exhausted” and believed he had been down in the water approximately 1 hour. Harbor Patrol Boat 2 was on scene in less than 10 minutes. The rescue was approximately ½ mile off shore from the Douglas Family Preserve, between Selrose Lane and Arroyo Burro Beach. He was transported back to the launch ramp in the harbor, to be further evaluated by AMR. He declined transport to the hospital. Harbor Patrol gave the kite surfer a ride back to Arroyo Burro Beach to his vehicle.

The Santa Barbara City Fire Department would like to encourage you to please wear a life vest or have a life saving device that you are able to activate in case of an emergency while out on the ocean.

By Roger the Scanner Guy


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Roger Nov 08, 2020 01:16 PM
Water Rescue for Kite Surfer in Distress

Is anyone else hearing anything on this? Please post I just heard something about a possible medical at the boat ramp in the Harbor and am wondering if it involves the same call...

Roger Nov 08, 2020 01:28 PM
Water Rescue for Kite Surfer in Distress

They have eyes on the subject possibly mixed up in a Lobster trap, Harbor patrol trying to get the man to get on board but the man was having issues with the board..Harbor patrol thew him a line and he is being pulled to their boat..

Roger Nov 08, 2020 01:31 PM
Water Rescue for Kite Surfer in Distress

Victim being transported back to the Harbor for possible Medical code 2 Medic's no real medical issue just to get checked out, all is well Roger out.

gizmo1 Nov 08, 2020 02:26 PM
Water Rescue for Kite Surfer in Distress

Moron -Gale force winds-Your village just called-risk the health and safety of out first responders- attrition due to lack of a brain

Basicinfo805 Nov 08, 2020 06:30 PM
Water Rescue for Kite Surfer in Distress

There's just too much "I'll save your ass" / "get outta jail free" in this town. Just like the trails. Bring it back to the concept of respecting the environment and self awareness. Know your abilities. Lots of ignorant "charger heroes" going for it that can't back it up. You go out in this ocean right now and you HAVE to be able to handle it...and this swell ain't that big.

ChemicalSuperFreak Nov 10, 2020 12:01 AM
Water Rescue for Kite Surfer in Distress

BASIC: I do have to agree with you on those points. I think a lot of it results from a complete lack of training and education. I've been advanced scuba certified, first aid + CPR certified, CERT certified, taken rock climbing and mountaineering instruction, and read lots of books on the outdoors, such as Freedom of the Hills. I never hike without a compass, local map, headlamps and tons of water. Some may call this overkill, but I've never needed rescuing on the water or land, and I go out in both all the time. I think a lot of people just go for it without much consideration, and then they end up in a jam.

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