Coast Guard searching for individual reported overboard from sunken vessel near Santa Barbara

45 Channel Islands HarborLOS ANGELES — The Coast Guard is searching for one individual after a vessel reportedly sank approximately 17 miles South of Santa Barbara Harbor.

Coast Guard watchstanders received an emergency distress signal from the commercial fishing vessel, MISS JACINDA, at 4 p.m, Friday.

Coast Guard watchstanders immediately launched an MH-65D Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station San Diego, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor, the Coast Guard Cutter Aspen, homeported in San Fransisco, and the Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin, homeported in Santa Barbara, to search the area.

Coast Guard crews confirmed one individual from the sunken vessel was rescued by a Good Samaritan transiting the area.  The individual was reported to not have any injuries and was not wearing a lifejacket.

The Coast Guard continues to search for a second individual from the sunken vessel. The individual was reportedly wearing a black shirt, black pants and was without a lifejacket.

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