Coast Guard searching for 1 after vessel collision leaves 1 dead, 3 injured

LOS ANGELES - A MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Los Angeles conducts flight training just off the coast of San Pedro, Calif., March 18, 2012. Coast Guard aircrew members must constantly train together to keep their life saving skills sharp for the next mayday call. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam EggersLOS ANGELES — The Coast Guard is searching for a person in the water offshore of Catalina Island after a collision between two vessels left one dead and three injured a quarter-mile northeast of Casino Point Sunday.

At 1:21a.m., Sunday, watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach Command Center received a report from a good Samaritan that a dingy with five people aboard and another vessel had collided with each other near Descanso Bay. One passenger aboard the dingy is confirmed deceased, three passengers are injured, and one person remains missing.

The Coast Guard launched a 45-foot Response Boat — Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Los Angeles and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles to join four surface assets from Baywatch Isthmus, Baywatch Avalon and Avalon Harbor Patrol to search for the missing person.

A helicopter crew from the Los Angeles County Fire Department medically evacuated the three injured boaters to the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center. Two of the boaters have been reported to have minor injuries, and one is reported to have a head injury.

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