Coast Guard reminds boaters of the importance in securing vessels

Coast Guard searched for possible missing person in the water near Abalone Cove. It was later found that the kayak broke loose. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard searched for possible missing person in the water near Abalone Cove. It was later found that the kayak broke loose. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach reminds the boating public of the importance in maintaining diligence in the safe keeping of personal vessels during foul weather.

A recent incident off the coast of Abalone Cove involving an unmanned kayak found adrift, resulted in a Coast Guard and local agency response. Several assets were used to search for a report of a possible missing individual. The kayak was later found to have broken loose from a storm drain due to strong winds and heavy weather.

Due to these incidents where multiple agencies and assets are responding to derelict or unsecured personal watercraft, this can hamper response and search capabilities to those in need of actual assistance.

The Coast Guard urges individuals to exercise caution when heavy weather is predicted and ensure personal vessels are properly secured at all times.

If anyone has information regarding the owner of the kayak in question, please call the Los Angeles-Long Beach command center at (310) 521-3805.

Boaters are encouraged to remain aware of weather conditions by visiting http://www.weather.gov.

For more information regarding safe boating please visit http://www.uscgboating.org.

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