Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew rescues four boaters, one dog

LOS ANGELES – The Coast Guard rescued four people and one dog off the south side of Santa Cruz Island at around 2 p.m., on Monday.

The crew of a Coast Guard rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles were conducting a separate mission, when they spotted a small dinghy capsizing, sending all four adults and dog into the water.

Coast Guard crewmembers lowered a rescue swimmer into the water and using the helicopter’s hoist, they took one of the survivors to the nearby island. Due to low fuel, the helicopter crew departed as the nearby Coast Guard Cutter Halibut was diverted and another helicopter was launched.

When the Halibut and rescue helicopter arrived shortly after, the remaining three adults had righted the boat and paddled to shore.

The helicopter crew hoisted all four survivors, including the dog, from the island to the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut where they reported no injuries, and were safely transported.

None of the rescued individuals were reported to be wearing lifejackets.

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