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Water Rescue
updated: Apr 24, 2013, 1:58 PM

Source: Santa Barbara County Fire Department

At 10:30 am, Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBC FD) responded to a water rescue, located near the Gaviota Pier. SBCFD responded three engines, a water rescue team, Santa Barbara County Air Support Unit (ASU), and a battalion chief to the scene. SBCFD was assisted by California State Parks, and American Medical Response. A US Coast Guard helicopter was also in the area was available if needed.

A 75 year old male aboard a sailboat, anchored 500 yards east of the Gaviota Pier and approximately 100 yards offshore, reported a medical emergency via a marine radio. The sailor was traveling from San Francisco to San Diego. Firefighters arrived on scene and an initiated a rescue of the lone occupant. An ASU helicopter arrived on scene and deployed a firefighter/rescue swimmer down to the 30 foot sailboat via a hoist. The patient was evaluated and it was determined that the sailor needed to be transported to the hospital. Two personal water crafts were also deployed with firefighter/rescue swimmers. Firefighters used a trail line operation, lowered a basket down to the boat, placed the patient in the basket, and hoisted the patient into the helicopter. The patient was flown to a nearby beach parking lot and later transported to the hospital via AMR ambulance. The patient's condition did not warrant helicopter transport to the hospital.

Firefighters towed the sailboat to deeper water and reset the boat's anchor. The US Coast Guard was notified to check on the boat.

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