Coast Guard searching for 2 fishermen near Santa Cruz Island

MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter from FOB Point Mugu file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sondra-Kay Kneen.

MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter from FOB Point Mugu file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sondra-Kay Kneen.

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The Coast Guard is searching for two overdue fishermen near Santa Cruz Island Wednesday.

Missing is Kevin Thompson, 47, from Ventura and Andy Pilmer, 47, from Ventura.

At approximately 2 p.m., a girlfriend of one of the fishermen reported the men missing to watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach. Thompson and Pilmer departed the Ventura Marina at approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday and were expected to return Wednesday at 6 a.m. Their fishing route included Santa Cruz Island, Anacapa Island and Yellow Banks.

Watchstanders dispatched a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco Forward Operating Base Point Mugu MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to begin searching.

The fishermen are reported to be aboard a white 20-foot center-consoled fishing vessel with a blue stripe.

If anyone has information regarding this case, please contact the Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach watchstanders at (310) 521-3801.

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