Released: June 18, 2023 - Sunday, 08:15 PM

Possible Drowning

Contact: Tony CipollaPhone: (805) 781-4547Date and time of incident: 6-18-23, Approximately 5:00 PMPlace of Occurrence: Avila BeachVictim Information: Adult MaleSuspect Information: N/AOn 6-18-23, the Sheriff's Office received a call about a possible drowning in the waters off Avila Beach.
A male subject reported he had been kayaking off the coast of Avila Beach with a friend when that friend fell out of his kayak . The man paddled over to him and found his friend unresponsive in the water. The man tried to help but was unable to rescue him. The man then made it to shore where he reported the incident.
Sheriff's Detectives, Cal Fire, Harbor Patrol, CHP and the Coast Guard began searching for the missing kayaker.
At approximately 7:00 PM, the body of the kayaker was located.
At this time, the death appears to be accidental.
The identification of the kayaker is pending notification of next of kin.