Water Rescue for Kite Surfer in Distress
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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