Coast Guard responds to vessel taking on water near Catalina Island

CATALINA ISLAND, Calif. — The Coast Guard responded Friday to a 27-foot sailing vessel with two people onboard that was taking on water approximately five nautical miles northeast of Isthmus Cove on Catalina Island.

Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach received a call from the vessel at approximately 4 p.m. Friday and immediately dispatched an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles and a 25-foot Response Boat from Coast Guard Station Los Angeles-Long Beach.

Baywatch Cabrillo and Baywatch Isthmus also responded to the call.

Baywatch Isthmus arrived on scene first, dewatered the vessel, and escorted the vessel to Isthmus Cove.

The two people onboard the vessel were wearing lifejackets, called the Coast Guard on a marine radio, and assisted responders in finding their location by the use of emergency flares.

The Coast Guard urges the boating public to always wear lifejackets when on the water and to always have a marine radio, an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) and flares onboard.

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