Coast Guard Seeks Public’s Help in Finding Boat’s Owner

SANTA MONICA, Calif – The Coast Guard is asking for the public’s help in providing information about a capsized boat that was recovered about 100 yards off the Santa Monica Pier last night. “We currently don’t know whether anyone was on board when boat capsized and so we are asking anyone with information about this boat to call the Coast Guard.” said Captain John Caplis, Deputy Commander for Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach. “Someone out there owns the boat and someone out there knows who owns the boat,” Caplis went on to state.

The boat was last owned by a Boy Scouts of America unit in Van Nuys. According to the Boys Scouts they no longer own the boat.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. last night the boat, an 18-foot Boston Whaler, bearing California vessel registration number CF 4538EA was discovered. The Coast Guard and other rescuers began searching the area where the boat was found and continued to search at first light this morning.

The Coast Guard reminds vessel owners of how important it is to properly register vessels when transferring ownership. “In this case if the we knew who owned the boat, a simple phone call could determine whether anyone was on board.” according to Caplis.

Anyone having information is requested to call Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach Command Center at 310-521-3815

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