Coast Guard suspends search for person in the water near Catalina Island

45-foot Response Boat-MediumLOS ANGELES — The Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing boater near Catalina Island a quarter-mile northeast of Casino Point at about 7 p.m., Sunday.

At 1:21a.m., Sunday, watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles Long Beach Command Center received a report from a good Samaritan that a dingy with five people aboard collided with another vessel near Descanso Bay. One passenger aboard the dingy was confirmed deceased, three passengers were injured, and one person was reported missing.

Search and rescue resources were:

  • A 45-foot Response Boat — Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Los Angeles;
  • A HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles;
  • Surface assets from Baywatch Isthmus, Baywatch Avalon and Avalon Harbor Patrol.

A helicopter crew from the Los Angeles County Fire Department medically evacuated the three injured boaters to the University of California Los Angeles medical center. Two of the boaters were reported to have minor injuries, and one was reported to have a head injury.

If anyone has information on the location of the missing boater, please call the Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach Command Center at (310) 521-3801.

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