Coast Guard finds missing California boaters in good condition

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — An HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento located two missing boaters and their sailing vessel in good condition Monday afternoon approximately four miles off the coast of Pismo Beach, Calif.

Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles – Long Beach first received a call Sunday from the family of 21-year-old Zebulon Tryon reporting that they had lost contact with Tryon after he departed Avalon Harbor at Catalina Island on June 5. Tryon and his friend, 18-year-old Chris Reuter, were aboard a white, 27-foot 1973 Coronado Sailing vessel and were due to sail from Avalon Harbor to Santa Cruz Harbor.

[amazon-product]B000167ONO[/amazon-product]After searching an area of over 2,200 square miles, the Hercules aircraft crew spotted the sailing vessel around 4 p.m. Monday approximately four miles off the coast of Pismo Beach.

There are no injuries reported and the vessel is in good working condition and is being escorted by San Luis Harbor Patrol into Port San Luis, Calif. where Coast Guard Station Morro Bay will conduct a post-search and rescue boarding to determine the cause of the vessel’s communication failure.

The Coast Guard urges boaters to always equip their boats with GPS, a marine VHF radio, and 406 Mhz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB).

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