Coast Guard and Baywatch assist boater near Catalina Island

LOS ANGELES - A recreational boat with one man onboard ran aground just northwest of Catalina Island, Calif., Nov. 23, 2010.  A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Los Angeles and a small boat from Baywatch Isthmus responded and pulled the man off the boat.  U.S. Coast Guard photo

Coast Guard photo

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – The Coast Guard and Baywatch Isthmus worked together to rescue a man after his boat ran aground near Catalina Island, Calif., Tuesday morning.

A watchstander from Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles – Long Beach received the call for help around 9:20 a.m., and coordinated to dispatch a Baywatch Isthmus boat and launched a MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles.

The man’s boat was stuck on the rocks northwest of Catalina Island when rescuers arrived. A Baywatch Isthmus crewmember jumped in the water and transferred the man to their vessel while the helicopter flew overhead as a safety precaution.

The weather conditions at the time had the winds gusting up to 10 mph, waves up to four feet, and the water temperature at 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

The threat of hypothermia exists when a person is immersed in water that is colder than their normal body core temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Many people do not realize that this threat exists even on warm, sunny days. Factors that can lower hypothermia survivability rates include cold water, rough water, windy conditions, and fatigue.

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