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Rescue personnel search for missing kayaker near Cayucos

Update: 7:45 p.m.: The Coast Guard issued a news release identifying the missing man as Rene Monterrosa, a 67-year-old man wearing blue jeans and a jacket.

Update: 3:25 p.m.: A Cal Fire spokesman clarified that the agency received a missing person report around 1:17 p.m. Sunday from someone who said their friend did not return from a kayak outing.

Cal Fire spokesman Chris Elms did not immediately have details about the reported missing person or his identity other than that he is an adult male.

It is still unknown whether an empty kayak found Sunday in the water near Villa Creek Road is associated with that person.

About 3:30 p.m., the operation was turned over to the Coast Guard and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, and Cal Fire, Cambria, and Cayucos fire personnel were being released from the scene.

Elms said the operation has moved to the recovery phase after personnel completed a land search of the area. He said Coast Guard and Morro Bay Harbor Patrol are expected to continue their ocean search for at least the remainder of the day.

Original Story: Emergency rescue personnel are searching the waters north of Cayucos after an empty kayak was reported floating offshore.

Details were scarce at 2:05 p.m. Sunday, but a Cal Fire spokesman said the agency received a report at 1:49 p.m. of an empty kayak in the water off Villa Creek Road. The spokesman said officials have not received reports of anyone missing and do not yet know whether there is a missing person associated with the kayak.

As of 2:15 p.m., Cal Fire had three fire engines at the scene and volunteers with North Coast Ocean Rescue were conducting a search. Morro Bay Harbor Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard were en route to join the search, and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was on its way from Point Mugu in addition to a Cal Fire aircraft, Cal Fire says.

According to scanner traffic, officials have requested additional help from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office’s search and rescue Aero Squadron.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

Matt Fountain: 805-781-7909, @MattFountain1

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