Coast Guard assists injured boater near Port San Luis

PORT SAN LUIS, Calif. — Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach received an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) signal around 2 a.m. from the 38-foot sailing vessel Zeus approximately 44 miles southwest of Port San Luis, Calif.

In addition to the EPIRB alert, Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach also received a mayday call from the Zeus’s owner, a 35-year-old male, who reported being thrown overboard in rough seas and has a broken leg while traveling from San Francisco Bay to Santa Barbara. The owner was able to get back on board, but his vessel sustained damage and was unable to continue his voyage with his injury.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Station Morro Bay was launched and an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles. Also a C-130 from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento was dispatched to provide cover for the helicopter due to the distance off shore and weather conditions.

Station Morro Bay arrived on scene, assessed the situation and confirmed that the 35-year-old male suffered a broken leg but was in stable condition.

Based on sea conditions, Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach left the mariner on the vessel and transferred one crewmember from the 47- Motor Life Boat to assist the mariner and assess the damage to the vessel.  The 47-foot Motor Life Boat is currently towing the sailing vessel Zeus to Port San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Mariners are encouraged to utilize Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB) and ensure that they are registered with your current information. It could very well save your life.

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