Coast Guard investigates debris field near Port Hueneme

PORT HUENEME, Calif. – Today, August 19, the Coast Guard investigated the source of boat debris in the vicinity of the Port Hueneme pier.

Just before 8:00 a.m. the Command Center for Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles – Long Beach received a report from a Good Samaritan of floating debris.

A 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Channel Islands was dispatched to the scene as well as a HH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles. Once on scene Coast Guard responders recovered two lifejackets, a pair of sandals and a prescription bottle.

From the information on the prescription bottle the Coast Guard was able ascertain a name and address of persons who might have information regarding the debris. As part of the investigation Coast Guardsmen went to the address associated with the prescription bottle and were advised that the debris was from a capsizing of a dinghy late last night off Silverstrand Beach. The dinghy was righted and all occupants returned safely to the beach. The recovered debris from earlier in the morning matched the debris that was lost.

The Coast Guard actively investigates reports of debris fields as well as vessels found adrift as a possible distress case. The Coast Guard requests the assistance of the boating public by reporting these mishaps to the local Coast Guard office as soon as practical so valuable resources will not be expended unnecessarily.

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