Coast Guard assists disabled vessel near Pt. Conception

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR, Calif. – The Coast Guard responded to a report of a disabled 65-foot sailing vessel with three people aboard, about 30 miles south of Pt. Conception at approximately 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles – Long Beach issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast for the sailing vessel Zephyr.

A Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento C-130 rescue aircraft, a Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Narwhal and a Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor 47-foot motor lifeboat responded to assist the distressed boater.

The Zephyr had damage to the sail rigging and the back-up engine and was unable to navigate. The 47-foot motor lifeboat arrived on scene and immediately took the boat in tow and arrived in Channel Islands Harbor Friday at approximately 8 a.m.

The C-130 aircraft assisted by providing air cover for the operation and the Narwhal provided escort into Channel Islands Harbor.

On scene weather at the time, were winds of 28 knots and a sea state between 15-20 feet.

Photos of the rescue can be found at the Coast Guard News Facebook Page.

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