Coast Guard searching for sailor off Catalina Island

CATALINA ISLAND, Calif. — The Coast Guard is searching the waters off Catalina Island, for Dennis Larson, after his sail boat was found adrift about 14 miles offshore.

The Coast Guard received a report at about 10 a.m. from a Good Samaritan in the area, of a drifting sailboat off the coast of Catalina Island with no one apparently on board.

An HH-65 Helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles was diverted to the area along with Baywatch Cabrillo from San Pedro. Once on board, Baywatch personnel found the sails up and fishing gear over the side but no one on board. A cell phone was also found on board and that allowed the Baywatch personnel to contact the sailors wife.

Larson’s wife said that he had called her after boarding his red 8-foot dingy and making it ashore for supplies. Personnel in Isthmus Harbor reported that Larson had purchased supplies and had left, presumably to return to his boat.

The Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin, a 41-foot rescue boat from Station Los Angeles, an HH-65 Helicopter and Baywatch are continuing the search. A C-130 rescue airplane from Air Station Sacramento is also in route to the area to assist.

Anyone having information on the whereabouts of Dennis Larson are asked to please contact the Coast Guard at 310-521-3820.

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