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Sheriff’s helicopter pulls overturned kayaker from Tomales Bay

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A kayaker tossed into Tomales Bay when his kayak overturned Saturday was pulled from the water by the Sonoma County sheriff’s helicopter crew.

The man was found clinging to the half‑submerged kayak, aided by another kayaker who stayed with him, offering encouragement and helping him keep his head above water, officials said.

The helicopter crew was flying over Santa Rosa about 2 p.m. Saturday when a call was issued for a water rescue in the west Marin County bay between Pelican Point and Hog Island.

The helicopter arrived in seven minutes and lowered a paramedic in a wet suit on a long line to the man in the water.

Hoisted into the air, the paddler and paramedic were taken to Miller Park on the eastern edge of the bay. The man, who wasn’t identified, was checked by paramedics and didn’t need medical aid.

You can reach Staff Writer Randi Rossmann at 707‑521-5412 or randi.rossmann@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter@rossmannreport.

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