Coast Guard, locals respond to boat fire near San Pedro Channel

Crews from the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut (WPB-87340), Forward Operating Base Point Mugu, Coast Guard Station Los Angeles-Long Beach and other local agencies responded to a boat fire in San Pedro Channel near San Pedro, California, Jan. 23, 2018. A person was aboard the sailboat and was able to abandon the engulfed sailboat by using a small dinghy to get to safety. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Crews from the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut, Forward Operating Base Point Mugu, Station Los Angeles-Long Beach and other local agencies respond to a boat fire in San Pedro Channel near San Pedro, California, Jan. 23, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The Coast Guard, lifeguards and LA County Fire units responded to a sailboat engulfed in flames in the vicinity of the San Pedro Channel, Tuesday afternoon.

At approximately 11 a.m., a good Samaritan reported a boat on fire with a person aboard, located approximately seven miles northwest of the Isthmus of Catalina Island and 11 miles southwest of Point Fermin in San Pedro, to the Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach Command Center.

The Coast Guard dispatched crews aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Forward Operating Base Mugu, the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut (WPB-87340) and a Coast Guard Station Los Angeles-Long Beach 45-foot Response Boat-Medium to respond to the boat fire.

The person aboard the vessel abandoned the sailboat into a small skiff until authorities arrived on scene and transferred the man to the Halibut.

The fire was extinguished by crews from Baywatch Isthmus, Avalon and Redondo.

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