Coast Guard aids in rescue of four boaters

11th Coast Guard District News

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The Coast Guard worked with multiple agencies to aid in the rescue of four boaters off the coast of Point Fermin at 4:40 p.m., August 18, 2011.

The operator of the 28-foot powerboat Taloha, contacted the Coast Guard via marine band radio and said his boat was taking on water with four people on board and all were wearing life jackets.

The Coast Guard sent out an urgent broadcast to mariners in the area to assist the boaters in distress and also launched the Coast Guard Cutter Blacktip.

Los Angeles County Lifeguards also launched a search and rescue vessel to assist in the search.

A Good Samaritan aboard the sailboat Southern Cross arrived shortly after the broadcast and rescued the boaters from the partially submerged vessel.

A U.S. Navy crew aboard a small rigid hull inflatable boat arrived on scene and retrieved the boaters at 5:14 p.m.

Shortly after, all boaters were transferred to the Blacktip, where none reported any medical emergencies.

“This case is a great example of where the mariners helped us help them, they had a life jacket and a working marine radio,” said Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Sean Arumae, a watch supervisor at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach.

Bad situations can turn worse quick.  Having the proper safety gear on and available dramatically increases survivability in many situations.  Having sound-producing devices, life jackets, flares, and letting a friend know where you’re going and when you’re returning will increase your chances for survival.

Information on boating safety can be found at: http://www.uscgboating.org/

For an online float plan, visit: http://www.floatplancentral.org/

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