Kayaker, 63, Dies After Boat Capsizes off California Coast

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Officials say a 63-year-old man has been killed while kayaking off the Sonoma County coast.

Sgt. Cecile Focha of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said Joseph Patrick Woods of San Rafael was paddling with a friend off Goat Rock Beach near Jenner on Wednesday when both of their kayaks capsized in rough waters.

Focha says Woods’ companion made it back to the beach, where he told rescue crews he had seen his friend swimming toward shore and then lost sight of him.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter spotted a person in the ocean a little more than an hour later. The Coast Guard pulled Woods from the water and he was pronounced dead at a nearby Coast Guard station.

Focha says the death was likely accidental but that an investigation is ongoing.


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