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Search underway off Moonstone Beach in Cambria after overturned kayak found

Posted at 11:50 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 02:51:17-04

UPDATE (11:45 p.m.)

Rescues crews continue to search for a possible missing person and Coast Guard will be working overnight patrolling the area.

“We had a motor lifeboat as you can see offshore out here, they came off from Morro Bay they’ve been searching and they’ll continue searching into the night looking for him, we have a helicopter, the helicopter has come up from Los Angeles, they’ll be searching into the night as well,” said Coast Guard seaman, Robert Teal.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach command center personnel at (310) 521-3801.

UPDATE (6 p.m.) – Rescue crews are checking vehicles and campgrounds in the Hearst San Simeon State Park area after an overturned kayak was found in the water off the coast of Cambria.

State Parks officials say the boat was found about 100 feet offshore at Leffingwell Landing. The owner has not been located.

Supervising State Park Ranger Sgt. Robb Mullins says it appears the kayak had been used at some time today.

“It had some fish that were on board that were still alive and some other beverages, energy drinks and fishing gear,” he said.

There was no identification found with the kayak and no vehicles in the area appeared to be associated with it, Mullins added.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter scanned the water from above but did not locate anyone.

The Coast Guard will continue to search the water. On land, crews are searching nearby campgrounds for any people or vehicles that may be associated with the kayak.

State Parks asks anyone who recognizes the kayak or knows of a missing person in the area to call authorities.


UPDATE (5:28 p.m.) – CAL FIRE reports that search crews have not found anyone connected to an overturned kayak found in the water off Cambria Tuesday afternoon.

The Coast Guard, State Parks, and CAL FIRE crews remain at the scene.

The kayak was reportedly found with fishing gear.

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(4:53 p.m.) – Emergency crews were dispatched to Leffingwell Landing at Moonstone Beach in Cambria Tuesday afternoon for reports of an overturned kayak.

CAL FIRE SLO says the kayak was reported to be upside down in the water for at least 45 minutes before the call came in.

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As of 4:45 p.m., crews were on scene searching the area. A helicopter was also searching overhead for anyone in the water.

The Coast Guard was expected to arrive on scene around 5:30 p.m.

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So far, no one has been spotted.

CAL FIRE SLO says it is not known if anyone was in the kayak before it overturned or if the kayak was abandoned.

KSBY has a crew at the scene and will have updates as they become available.

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