Coast Guard Coordinates Rescue of Five

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – The Coast Guard dispatched a boat and a helicopter while coordinating the rescue of five people from a capsized canoe during the 2010 Catalina U.S. Championship Outrigger Canoe Race, about seven miles north of Avalon, Calif.

Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles – Long Beach watch standers received a call for help and issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, dispatched a small boat from Station Los Angeles – Long Beach and a helicopter from Air Station Los Angeles. Watch standers also called Baywatch Avalon, Cabrillo, and Isthmus Harbor for assistance.

A nearby race safety vessel picked up all five people from the water, none of whom were wearing lifejackets at the time of the capsizing. Baywatch Avalon and the Coast Guard rescue helicopter arrived on-scene and were able to determine that the group was safe and did not require immediate medical attention.

All boaters and paddlers must remember how dangerous it is going out onto the water without a lifejacket on.

Although the Los Angeles area is known for is warm weather, the current water temperature is between 58-62 degrees Fahrenheit. A 2007 study by the Coast Guard found that in boating accidents that occurred in water under 59 F, 40 percent were fatal.


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