Coast Guard suspends search for possible missing boater off Ocean Beach

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard suspended its search efforts at approximately noon Monday for the missing person onboard the fishing vessel Paloma.

Coast Guard personnel received notification from a good Samaritan that the fishing vessel Paloma was aground at Ocean Beach near Seal Rock in San Francisco, with one possible person onboard, Timothy Lybrand.

Coast Guard and San Francisco Fire Department crews searched an 18-square-mile area from Ocean Beach to the Golden Gate bridge since approximately 4 a.m.

“The decision to suspend a search and rescue case is always difficult,” said Capt. Mike Day, deputy commander, Sector San Francisco. “Given the close proximity to shore, and the vessel operator’s stated intention to abandon the vessel, as well as the extensive search effort by the Coast Guard, National Park Service and San Francisco Fire Department Battalion 7, I have made the decision to suspend the active search.”

The Oil Spill Liability Trust fund has been activated for removal of all pollutants from the grounded vessel. Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Incident Management Division and National Park Service personnel are coordinating to ensure all fuels hazardous to the environment are removed from the vessel.

There have been no reports of a sheen surrounding the vessel.

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