Coast Guard responders rescue man overboard

SAN PEDRO, Calif., – Local Coast Guard crews rescued a man after he fell overboard from his pleasure craft in his transit from Channel Islands Harbor, today.

At 1:30 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach received a report from the oil platform Gina, located offshore Channel Islands Harbor, that there was a man in the water. The platform lowered their ladder into the water, however the man was fatigued and unable to lift himself onto the platform.

Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach immediately launched a 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Channel Islands and an HH-65 “Dolphin” helicopter from Air Station Los Angeles, which was in the vicinity conducting operations at the time of the distress call.

The HH-65 was the first asset to arrive on scene, and lowered a rescue swimmer into the water; the rescue swimmer kept the man afloat. The 25-foot response boat responded on scene shortly after and was able to bring the hypothermic adult male into the boat.

The adult male relayed to the boat crew that he had fallen overboard his 35-foot Viking motor yacht during his transit from Channel Islands Harbor to the west end of Anacapa Island. He reported that he had been in the water since around 9 a.m. and fallen overboard while the motor yacht was in autopilot. He was safely transported to Channel Islands harbor where he was attended to by local EMS.

The Coast Guard has issued a Safety Notice to Mariners in reference to the whereabouts of the man’s Viking motor yacht.

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