Cyril the Paddler

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A 2,500-mile kayaking trip across the Pacific Ocean came to an early end amid rough seas, high winds and other misfortunes over the weekend, The Associated Press reports.

Cyril Derreumaux hoped to paddle solo from California to Hawaii over the course of 70 days, but his adventure was cut short after just 6 days, AP reports.

He was 70 miles off the coast of Santa Cruz, CA when he decided to call the Coast Guard for help.

The trip was 3 years in the making.

Cyril the Paddler

Derreumaux, 44, of Larkspur, Calif., encountered several problems with his 23-foot sea kayak, the report said.

The anchor lines were entangled in the rudder, the GPS wasn’t functioning, and he was seasick while being pummeled with 12-foot waves. When he lost his sea anchor, it was clear to him and his land crew that it was time to call it quits.

Derreumaux radioed the Coast Guard on Saturday night and was rescued by helicopter.

“I made the right call,” Derreumaux, told the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday. “It’s still disappointing.”

Cyril the Paddler

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