Coast Guard searching California coast for missing boater

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The U.S. Coast Guard is searching the California Coast and coastal islands today for a boater reported to be lost at sea.

Coast Guard helicopters from San Diego and Los Angeles, and a C-130 aircraft from Sacramento are searching for the sailing vessel Sea Hag after family and friends of the operator Sean Haggerty reported that the vessel was overdue to arrive in San Diego. A friend of Haggerty reported that the two spoke via cell phone on April 1st, at which time Haggerty reported that his engine and GPS were not working.

Haggerty, a 39 year-old male from San Francisco, was supposed to sail his vessel from the San Francisco area south along the coast, stopping at various ports and coastal islands, before arriving in San Diego. Cell phone records indicate that Haggerty was near Point Conception when he last used his cell phone.

The Sea Hag is a 26-foot sailing vessel, and is white with blue trim.

Air crews from San Diego searched the area between San Diego and the Los Angeles International Airport early Sunday, and an aircrew from Los Angeles is currently searching the area between the Los Angeles airport and Point Conception. An aircrew based out of Air Station Sacramento is currently searching the coast from San Francisco south to San Diego and back, including the area around all coastal islands off the Southern California coast.

If anyone has seen the Sea Hag or has information on the whereabouts of Sean Haggerty, please contact your nearest Coast Guard Station, or the Eleventh District Command Center at 510 437-3701.

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