Coast Guard rescues six during Safe Boating Expo

CHANNEL ISLANDS, Calif. – Coast Guard crew members rescued six passengers from a 21-foot Sea Ray this afternoon during the 3rd Annual Channel Island Harbor Safe Boating Expo.

At approximately 3:00 p.m. this afternoon the crew of a 41-foot Coast Guard rescue boat from Coast Guard Station Channel Islands were giving orientation rides to members of the public when they were flagged down near the Channel Islands Harbor breakwall by passengers aboard the disabled Sea Ray that was emitting smoke.

The Coast Guard crew came along side of the disabled vessel and safely transferred the six people to the 41-foot rescue boat and returned them to the Coast Guard Station at Channel Islands Harbor.

A 47-foot rescue boat, also from Station Channel Islands, was docked nearby and was dispatched to take the disabled vessel into tow to the Harbor Patrol dock.

Earlier in the day Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary personnel participated in educating the public about safe boating, the importance of wearing lifejackets, having the proper safety equipment aboard their vessels and taking boater education classes.

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