Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Boaters off San Pedro

SAN PEDRO – After a two-day search that covered more than 300 square miles south of the entrance to the Port of Los Angeles, the Coast Guard has suspended its efforts to find the missing boaters.

Responders recovered pieces of debris of an accident that likely happened shortly after midnight on October 2. Henry Sanchez, 51, and Penny Avila, 48, were reported to be aboard a 26-foot pleasure craft bound for Santa Catalina Island. Debris included a California vessel number that matches the vessel Sanchez and Avila were reportedly aboard.

“The hearts and prayers of the Coast Guard go out to the families of those involved in this tragic time,” said Captain Paul Wiedenhoeft, the Commander of Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach.

If any new information becomes available, search and rescue efforts may resume. Partner agencies are conducting sonar searches of the bottom to assist with the on going investigation.

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