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Missing Kayaker Rescued off Topanga

The man was spotted out at sea and is "alive and doing well," according to a sergeant at the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff's Station.

A missing kayaker was rescued Tuesday when he was spotted out at sea, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

The man, who was an officer with the L.A. Police Department, was reported missing off Topanga Canyon Road and Pacific Coast Highway at 8:49 p.m. Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported.

He was spotted out at sea by a helicopter, according to Sgt. Anthony Arnold, who is based out of the Lost Hills/Malibu Station.

The man is "alive and doing well," Arnold said.

He was escorted by Los Angeles County lifeguards aboard a boat as he made his way back to shore shortly after 9 p.m.

The man had gone kayaking with another off-duty officer off Topanga Canyon Beach before losing his direction.

Luanne Rice said via Twitter that she watched the rescue.

"I watched the helicopter sweep the black water for an hour before they found him," Rice said, calling the rescue "intense and insanely moving."

John October 03, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Thank God they found him.
J R Bridges III October 04, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Water proof compass as used by scuba divers are CHEAP, less than 30 dollars. Why would anyone with half a brain go to sea without one?
Al En Stine October 11, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I think you are right on target with the half brain comment. How hard can it be to find the North American continent? Even without a compass.

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