SEA RANCH (CBS SF) — The Sonoma County sheriff’s helicopter rescued a kayaker in the ocean off of Sea Ranch who was too exhausted to paddle to shore Wednesday, a sheriff’s sergeant said.

A citizen in the area of Galleons Reach reported seeing two kayakers who appeared to be in distress around 1:30 p.m. The caller said one of the kayakers was in the water 200 yards offshore, sheriff’s Sgt. Pete Quartarolo said.

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One of the kayakers made it to shore, but the other was lying on the kayak. The helicopter crew attached a 100-foot rescue rope to the helicopter, flew with a paramedic to the kayaker in distress and placed the kayaker in a “horse collar” device, Quartarolo said.

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The exhausted but uninjured kayaker was flown to shore and a State Parks lifeguard recovered the kayak, Quartarolo said.

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