Ocean Rescue Near Point Piedras Blancas

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(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Jay Nilles)

Source: US Coast Guard

A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued three people and their cat from a vessel taking on water approximately six nautical miles west of Point Piedras Blancas Monday.

The sailing vessel Bella Gina crew reported to Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach watchstanders that their vessel was taking on water and requested assistance.

Watchstanders dispatched a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco Forward Operating Base Point Mugu MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and a Coast Guard Station Morro Bay 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew to respond.

The helicopter and boat crews arrived on scene and attempted to dewater and tow the vessel. Due to reported seas of 12-to-14 feet, the boat crew could not safely tow the vessel and recommended the passengers evacuate.

The Dolphin helicopter crew hoisted the three people and their cat from the boat and transported them to the Paso Robles Municipal Airport.

Coast Guard Station Morro Bay Motor Lifeboat crews arrive on scene to assist a sailing vessel taking on water in the vicinity of Point Piedras Blancas, California, Feb. 12, 2018. Due to inclement weather, three people and their cat were hoisted into a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco Forward Operating Base Point Mugu MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from the sailing vessel and transported to Paso Robles Airport. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Fogarty)

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elderswimmer Feb 14, 2018 07:14 PM
Ocean Rescue Near Point Piedras Blancas

Years ago we used to waterski every weekend. My Siamese cat loved to ride on her pillow in a covered area in the bow. She also went camping with us. She was leash trained and we could put out a wire for her leash and let her explore. Once a little girl held her and played with her . A few minutes later the woman from the next campsite came over and said we ruined their weekend. She said her daughter was crying because they had told her she could not bring her cat because cats don't camp. Oh well!!!

pstarSR Feb 14, 2018 11:06 AM
Ocean Rescue Near Point Piedras Blancas

i just read an article where a young couple sold all their belongings and bought a boat to sale around the world. its sank, in about a week. they had ZERO boat experience! anyways, it looks like since the sail is closed and the boat is not controllable, im betting they lost power/ engine. if you cant orient the boat into the waves you will get broadsided and capsize. bilge pumps only work so well and for so long. if power is lost they wont work. if the incoming water is too much, they wont work.

ZeroHawk Feb 14, 2018 09:18 AM
Ocean Rescue Near Point Piedras Blancas

curious why the sailboat took on water. keel torn? hit submerged log? there are a lot of logs floating since the mudflow dumped into the Pacific. why weren't the bilge pumps activated? this sucks for them...i'm an avid sailor and the boats are not cheap. this sailboat looked like a solid coastal cruiser. Small craft advisory yesterday, but this isn't that small. Glad they are all ok. Laugh and kharma will catch up....

Luvaduck Feb 14, 2018 07:28 AM
Ocean Rescue Near Point Piedras Blancas

People sometimes laugh when something bad happens to someone else but they don't die and aren't seriously hurt out of relief. A lot of slapstick humor is based on that. Sometimes they laugh because otherwise they'd cry. It happens in reverse too. Any intense joyful moment, be it wedding or organism, can bring on tears! It's our emotional wiring. Odd, but that's how it is.

a-1539853680 Feb 13, 2018 08:12 PM
Ocean Rescue Near Point Piedras Blancas

About a year ago a friend told me a story about a local guy (a friend of his) who worked and worked and on building a boat-----for six years. Many hours, much hard labor. Finally the boat was ready to launch. Out into the harbor, out past the pier. But . . . oh, no. The boat began taking on water and sank within less than an hour. I laughed so hard I nearly hurt myself. My friend told me I was bad for laughing.

Channelfog Feb 14, 2018 06:36 AM
Ocean Rescue Near Point Piedras Blancas

Laughing so hard when your friend lost so much money, labor and a dream. You must be a really good friend to have...NOT!

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