Authorities responded to a report of an abandoned kayak near the entrance to Montaña De Oro State Park and conducted a precautionary search of the area Saturday evening, according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.
A hiker discovered the abandoned kayak on the beach about 5:30 p.m. and reported it to authorities.
Sheriff’s deputies, the U.S. Coast Guard, State Parks Rangers, Cal Fire and a California Highway Patrol helicopter conducted a search on land, air and water, the release said.
No missing person or overdue subjects associated with the kayak were reported at that time.
About 8 p.m., authorities made contact with the owner of the kayak, who was from Lompoc, and said he had been fishing earlier Saturday morning when the vessel capsized.
The release said a friend in another kayak retrieved him from the water and brought him back to shore, thinking the kayak had sunk. It was later discovered washed ashore in Los Osos.