Good Samaritan rescues dog and two people from water after boat fire near Point Dume

45 Channel Islands HarborLOS ANGELES — A good Samaritan rescued two individuals from the water after their vessel caught fire Tuesday, six miles west of Point Dume.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles received a report of a 38-foot power boat that had caught fire with two people and a dog aboard. The boaters jumped into the water and were picked up by a good Samaritan. A Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew arrived and both boaters and the dog were safely transferred to the Coast Guard vessel and taken to Station Channel Islands.

No injuries have been reported.

The Coast Guard urges mariners to always:

  • Stay Informed – The public should be aware of weather conditions and monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio and internet. Check the current and expected weather and water conditions before heading out, and be aware that weather conditions can quickly change.
  • Wear life jackets while on the water.
  • File a float plan with friends, family members and local marinas before heading out. The list should include the number of passengers aboard the vessel, destination and expected time of return.
  • Always have a working marine-band radio on board.
  • Carry marine flares on board the vessel.
  • Ensure bilge pumps are operational and vessels are secure for heavy winds and rain.

For more information on boating safety, visit www.uscgboating.org.

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