Stranded kitesurfer rescued from secluded cove after spelling ‘HELP’ with rocks

Stranded kitesurfer rescued from secluded cove after spelling ‘HELP’ with rocks

A kitesurfer stranded on a North Coast beach successfully signaled his distress Sunday afternoon with the help of a pile of rocks.

Cal Fire responded around 4:15 p.m. to a cove south of Davenport Landing Road after a private helicopter called 911 to report seeing “HELP” spelled out in rocks on the beach, according to the fire agency.

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The kitesurfer, who was not injured but merely required rescue, was airlifted off the beach to safety, according to a Cal Fire CZU Unit social media post. Assisting agencies included Santa Cruz County Fire, Cal Fire Santa Clara Unit Copter 612, Santa Cruz Fire Department and California State Parks.

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