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Hawaii-bound kayaker rescued off California

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A kayaker hoping to paddle solo from California to Hawaii was rescued six days after he set out by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter amid rough seas and high winds.

Cyril Derreumaux endured several problems with his 23-foot kayak, but when he lost his sea anchor he said he knew he had to cut his adventure short.

“It went from bad to worse very fast after that,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle from his home in Larkspur, Calif.

After consulting with his land crew, Derreumaux phoned the Coast Guard for a rescue Saturday night about 70 miles west of Santa Cruz. A diver was lowered from a helicopter into the water and helped hoist Derreumaux up.

Derreumaux’s boat remains adrift. He said he hopes to coordinate a retrieval effort this week when the winds die down.