Coast Guard assists Baywatch rescue of four persons from sinking vessel near Malibu

MAILBU, Calif. – The Coast Guard assisted in a rescue of four people on a 40-foot pleasure craft near Point Dume, Calif., at approximately 10:55 a.m., Saturday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter launched at approximately 10:30 a.m. to conduct hoist training with the Los Angeles County Fire Department Baywatch Malibu lifeguards, when the crew overheard a distress call over channel 16 on the VHF-FM radio.

The Baywatch Malibu team arrived on scene as the vessel was fully submerged. The Baywatch rescue crew positioned their craft to pull the people from the water and transported the sunken boat’s passengers to safety.

The people from the submerged craft all were wearing life jackets when they entered the water.

Through careful coordination between Baywatch Malibu, Baywatch Marina Del Rey and a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department small boat, they were able to tow the 40-foot pleasure craft into safe haven.

The Coast Guard helicopter crew provided aerial cover during the event and was able to provide vital resources in a moment’s notice.

This rescue event is an example of how multiple rescue entities can come together to save lives.

“These four people are very fortunate to have had the outstanding professionals from Baywatch, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Coast Guard nearby when their vessel began taking on water. This incident demonstrates the importance of always wearing a life-jacket as things can happen very quickly on the open water.” said Lt. Mark Pototschnik, rescue helicopter pilot from Air Station Los Angeles.

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