Coast Guard Rescues 2 From Sailboat

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Coast Guard rescued two people from a sailboat this evening here after receiving a call requesting assistance because the main sail was torn.

Vessel Assistance Ventura notified the Coast Guard at about 4:30 p.m. that a 32-foot sailboat was in need and was requesting help getting back into Santa Barbara Harbor. The Coast Guard launched a rescue boat from Station Channel Islands and issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB). The sailboat then informed the Coast Guard it was experiencing engine troubles.

A helicopter from Air Station Los Angeles was in the air at the time of the request for help and was diverted to the scene. Once on scene the helicopter rescue crew hoisted the two people from the sailboat. The two were then transported to the Santa Barbara airport where an ambulance transported the victims to the local hospital.

The 47-foot rescue boat arrived on scene of the disabled sailboat along with Vessel Assist, who towed the sailboat back to Santa Barbara Harbor.

The weather tonight consisted of wind speeds up to 25 miles an hour and eight foot seas.

The Coast Guard would like to remind all boaters to review the weather forecast before going out on the water. It can be dangerous being underway during bad weather, but if boaters are going to go out, make sure they carry a means of communication such as a cell phone or marine radio. Before getting underway they should file a float plan that consists of where they plan to go and how long they plan to be out. This plan should be left with family member or friend or someone who will notify authorities in case something happens. If boaters find themselves in trouble on the water, they should contact help on channel 16.

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