March 17, 2017
Coast Guard locates sailing vessel in distress with dog aboard near Santa Barbara
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LOS ANGELES — The Coast Guard located and assisted a sailing vessel in distress near Santa Barbara Friday.
At about 12:30 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach command center received a call from the Fascination, a 33-foot sailing vessel reporting that their engine was disabled, the vessel had electrical issues and was unable to sail due to lack of winds. The operator of the vessel also reported that he had no GPS, but believed he was 600 feet offshore of Carpinteria with his dog aboard.
Due to dense fog, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach command center directed the vessel to anchor. The operator of the vessel activated his Personal Locating Beacon (PLB) when he lost communication with the Coast Guard. The activation of his PLB and improved weather conditions allowed Coast Guard rescue crews to respond safely.
A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Forward Operating Base Point Mugu located the vessel at around 8 a.m., using direction finding equipment and also from the two flares the vessel operator set off. The vessels position was passed from the MH-65 crew to a Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat — Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Channel Islands.
The boatcrew safely towed the vessel to Santa Barbara Harbor, with the assistance of the Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol, where the operator and dog were reported to be in good condition.
The Coast Guard reminds boaters that having the proper equipment aboard your vessel is extremely important and urges ALL mariners to:
For more information on boating safety, visit www.uscgboating.org.