Coast Guard responds to multiple cases during inclement weather

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – Southern California Coast Guard units are responding to multiple cases as storm systems batter the California coast, Monday, Jan. 18, 2010.

A 47-foot motor life boat from Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor and a MH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles were launched Monday to assist a 56-foot sailing vessel which was beset by heavy weather near Santa Cruz Island. The Coast Guard helicopter crew is currently monitoring the vessel 15 nautical miles off of Santa Barbara.

Coast Guard Station Los Angeles-Long Beach launched crews Monday to assist a commercial fishing vessel which lost engine power and was adrift 12 nautical miles west of Point Fermin. A 41-foot utility boat safely towed the vessel back to Los Angeles Harbor.

The Coast Guard also received a call Monday from a 30-foot sailing vessel disabled and adrift. The information was relayed to a commercial marine assistance provider and the vessel is being towed back to Ventura Harbor.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Santa Barbara is responding Monday to a report of two sailing vessels aground east of Santa Barbara Harbor. The Coast Guard is working with local authorities and vessel owners to mitigate the environmental and property risks associated with the grounded craft.

Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach marine environmental protection personnel are responding Monday to a 42-foot recreational vessel sunk at Berth 85 in Los Angeles Harbor.

The Coast Guard is urging mariners and water enthusiasts to exercise extreme caution in and around coastal California waters throughout the week as a result of a series of forecasted storm systems, hazardous surf conditions and expected coastal flooding.

Large waves approaching California have the potential to produce high surf at area beaches. Swells with a peak forecasted height of 30 feet could create dangerous surf conditions and strong rip currents. Large waves have the potential to catch even the most experienced mariner or beachgoer off guard, causing disorientation or serious injury. The Coast Guard strongly recommends that individuals avoid taking to the water over the next week or until the seas subside. If it is necessary to get underway, mariners are urged to check all of their safety equipment to ensure it is in good condition and working properly.

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