Weather in Southern California Keeping Coast Guard Busy

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Coast Guard responded to a distressed vessel five miles south of Santa Barbara Monday at approximately 9:00 p.m. and completed a medevac.

An 87-foot patrol boat, the Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin, and a Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles MH-65C Dolphin helicopter were launched to assist the boaters. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles – Long Beach received a report of a 26-foot boat, the Jolly Mon, with torn sails and an inoperable engine.

One of the persons on the Jolly Mon was suffering from a medical condition that needed immediate attention. He was hoisted from the small boat by the helicopter and airlifted to Santa Barbara Airport, where an emergency medical services crew transferred him to Goleta Valley Hospital.

The Coast Guard is urging mariners and water enthusiasts to exercise extreme caution in and around coastal California waters throughout the week as a result of a series of forecasted storm systems, hazardous surf conditions and expected coastal flooding.

Large waves approaching California have the potential to produce high surf at area beaches. Swells with a peak fore-casted height of 30 feet could create dangerous surf conditions and strong rip currents. Large waves have the potential to catch even the most experienced mariner or beach-goer off guard, causing disorientation or serious injury.

The Coast Guard recommends that individuals avoid taking to the water over the next week or until the seas subside. If it is necessary to get underway, mariners are urged to check all of their safety equipment to ensure it is in good condition and working properly.

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