Coast Guard Suspicious that Missing SUP Paddler was Ruse to Steal Rental

Wednesday, 07 December 2011

Stand-up Paddle (SUP) Surfer at Pillar Rock (just north of Morro Rock)

Looks like somebody decided to steal a $1,200 SUP board by renting it from Half Moon Bay Kayak Company in California then calling the Coast Guard with a fake water rescue as a red herring.

The rescue effort included a helicopter, several watercraft and a large Coast Guard cutter that was stationed in the Bay Area.

Suspicions about the supposed victim, who gave false information to a rental company, have led some to believe the man was never lost at sea, but rather stole the $1,200 paddleboard.

"It was calm, it was sunny - people don't just disappear on a day like that," said Chris Manchester, an employee at HMB Kayak. "We're pretty darn sure that he actually stole it."

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Photo credit: Stand-up Paddle (SUP) Surfer at Pillar Rock (just north of Morro Rock) / Mike Baird / CC BY 2.0

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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