Coast Guard assists stranded boaters 40 miles offshore

SAN DIEGO – Coast Guard crews assisted two people and a dog aboard a disabled vessel 40 miles northwest of San Diego Thursday evening.

The Joint Harbor Operations Center (JHOC) received a call at approximately 1:30 p.m., from a mariner whose 22-foot pleasure craft was disabled.

The Coast Guard Cutter Petrel, an 87-foot patrol boat, was diverted to the disabled vessel. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was dispatched to the vessel to confirm the vessel position for the Petrel and assist with any further distress.

The Petrel arrived on scene approximately one hour later and a crewmember went aboard to help diagnose the engine condition. It was determined the engine required shoreside service, and the Petrel took the vessel under tow.

The Petrel’s crew tranported the passengers and boat to Oceanside, Calif.

“Despite being quite a distance offshore, and without propulsion, the operator and passenger of the boat took the appropriate steps by remaining calm, keeping in constant communication with the Coast Guard, and donning their life jackets,” said Lt. Jake Smith, a pilot from Coast Guard Sector San Diego.

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