He made it 70 miles off the CA coast. Rough seas and a failed GPS is what did him in.
You can have all the right gear, do everything right, and still get into trouble.
Coast Guard rescues kayaker attempting journey to Hawaii 70 miles off the coast.
“Recognizing that the situation was beyond his capabilities and calling for assistance allowed our crews to reach him in time for a successful rescue,” said Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Kroll, a Coast Guard spokesperson. “This shows that even experienced mariners with proper safety equipment can get into trouble on the ocean, which is why having the right equipment and knowing when and how to use it is so important.”