Coast Guard rescues 3 after responding to sailboat in distress

CHANNEL ISLANDS, Calif – The Coast Guard rescued 3 people from a sail boat that was in danger of capsizing 2 miles north of Anacapa Island late Saturday afternoon.

Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach received a report from the 32-foot sailing vessel Outta Here that the vessel was listing heavily and in danger of capsizing.

A 47-foot motor life boat from Coast Guard Station Channel Island and a Coast Guard MH-65 rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles were dispatched to the scene. A Good Samaritan that was nearby also responded.

Once on scene Coast Guard personnel determined it was too dangerous for the vessel to attempt to transit back to Channel Island Harbor due to strong winds and rough seas. The 3 people aboard the vessel were transferred to the Coast Guard motor life boat and returned safety to Channel Islands Harbor.

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