Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater near Oceanside

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search for a boater who was missing near Oceanside, Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The boater, Loren Ruden, was reported missing after his dog was found by a beachgoer north of Oceanside Pier, Monday evening.

Multiple crews from Coast Guard Sector San Diego, Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Oceanside Harbor Police, Customs and Border Protection, as well as several volunteers, searched a total 2,170 square nautical miles for a total of 129 asset hours.

A commercial tug boat, the Robyn J, located Ruden’s unoccupied boat Tuesday morning approximately 10 miles northwest of La Jolla.

“After an exhaustive search effort utilizing a significant number of crews and assets, we’ve come to the very difficult decision to suspend this search,” said Capt. Sean Mahoney, the commander of Sector San Diego “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr. Ruden, and my deepest sympathy goes out to them.”

Since the initial report, multiple air and surface crews searched continuously with the following assets:

– Two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and crews from Coast Guard Sector San Diego

– Two MH-65 Dolphin helicopters and crew from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles

– Coast Guard Cutter Edisto

– Coast Guard Cutter Sea Otter

– 45-foot Response Boat and 33-foot Special Purpose Craft crews from Coast Guard Station San Diego

– A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Multi-role Enforcement Aircraft crew

– Oceanside Harbor Police boat crews

– Coast Guard Auxiliary boat crews and radio operators

– Search and rescue coordinators working in the Joint Harbor Operation Center

– Volunteer boaters

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