Coast Guard Cutter Sea Otter locates missing sailors off Catalina Island

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The Coast Guard located two adult males this morning at approximately 4 a.m., who were reported overdue from a sailing trip, Tuesday.

The boaters and sailboat were located south of Catalina Island, Calif., in good condition and in no distress.

Coast Guard Cutter Sea Otter, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in San Diego, escorted the boaters to Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, an 87-foot patrol boat, and C-130 aircraft were involved in the nearly 11 hour search. Two Baywatch units and Dana Point Harbor Patrol also conducted mutliple search patterns.

The Coast Guard urges boaters to always have a working VHF marine radio onboard when underway, to file a float plan with family members or harbor masters, and to have life jackets for everyone onboard the vessel.

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