Behind the scenes
Kayaker rescued by MBARI engineers
December 20, 2013
MBARI engineers Brian Kieft and Thomas Hoover were two miles offshore on the R/V Paragon launching a long-range autonomous underwater vehicle when they received an emergency call from the Coast Guard Thursday afternoon. A kayaker had fallen out of his boat, and since his boat was flooded and awash, time was of the essence. As the R/VParagon established contact with the kayaker, a Coast Guard helicopter arrived overhead, prepared to descend a rescuer in the water. Quick action by Brian and Thomas brought both the shivering kayaker and his kayak aboard and back safely to the harbor.