A the kayaker stopped to take a quick break on a Hawaiian island – and lingered for several hours.
A 29-year-old man started kayaking around 8pm on Wednesday, February 16, the Honolulu Fire Department said. He left Kailua Beach Park and stopped on the island about a mile to rest.
20 minutes later he discovered his kayak was gone, firefighters said.
He stuck on North island of Mokulua, one of the twin islands off the coast of Oahu, which has steep cliffs and a sandy beach. The man has only 17% of his mobile phone battery left.
About 2:22 a.m. he called the fire department. How long the man lasted before calling for help, firefighters did not say.
At least 16 rescuers came to the rescue. They arrived about 15 minutes after the kayak called for help.
“Upon arrival at the scene, the HFD Air 1 plane flew to the location of the kayaker and confirmed that the kayaker is on the northern island of Mokulua,” – said in a statement rescuers. “Air 1 loaded two rescuers into the landing area and inserted a rescuer near the location of the kayak.”
The man was taken to the landing area at 3:17 a.m., more than seven hours after he began kayaking.
Firefighters said the man was unharmed and refused medical attention.
Rescuers said people who ride boats should always have two forms of communication with them and have an anchor, warm clothes and rockets on board.
People who get sat with cell phone battery low can use certain settings to save energy. Officials said it was a good idea to turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth if the phone is not being used actively.
If the person is not in direct contact with someone, he can also switch the phone to flight mode.
“Not to talk to the police,” rescuers said. “Don’t call friends and family while you wait for rescue.”