Coast Guard Responds to Report of Suspicious Vessel

 Long Beach, Calif. – The Coast Guard received a report of a suspicious vessel operating within the 100-yard security zone around the cruise ship Carnival Pride docked at the Long Beach Cruise Terminal this morning at 11:30 a.m. The Coast Guard along with Long Beach Police, Long Beach Lifeguards, and Long Beach Fire Department immediately responded.

The suspicious vessel is described as a 15 to 18 foot metal skiff with four occupants – three male, one female. The vessel was seen loitering around the forward end of the cruise ship and along the cruise ship pier.

The vessel departed the area prior to law enforcement arriving.

As a precaution a full search of the surrounding pier and cruise ship hull is being conducted by the Port Operations Dive Group, a joint agency operation composed of divers from the U.S. Coast Guard, Long Beach Police, Long Beach Fire Department, Long Beach Lifeguards, Port of Los Angeles Police, and Los Angeles Police Department.

Federal regulations prohibit unauthorized persons and vessels from approaching a cruise ship within 100-yard when at dock. While underway the security zone extends to 200-yards forward of the cruise ship while remaining 100-yards around the rest of the ship.

Any violation of the security zone is a federal offense and may result in civil penalties; fines of up to $32,500 per violation, where each additional day of a violation is a separate violation, or criminal penalties including imprisonment for up to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000, seizure and forfeiture of the vessel, and other administrative sanctions authorized by law.

Anyone with information regarding this suspicious vessel should contact the Long Beach Police Department at 562-570-7422

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