Coast Guard Rescues 3 People Near Anacapa Island

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(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Rogers)

Source: U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard rescued three people Friday who were treading water for nearly 90 minutes after their vessel capsized near Anacapa Island.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., Ventura County Fire Dispatch notified Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach watchstanders of three people in the water approximately a mile north of Anacapa Island.

Ventura County Fire Dispatch was notified by a passenger aboard the vessel via a 911 call from their cell phone. The people were aboard a 17-foot recreational vessel before it capsized, forcing them into the water.

Watchstanders dispatched a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco Forward Operating Base Point Mugu MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor to assist.

The helicopter crew arrived on-scene and located three people in the water with no life jackets. At the same time, the boatcrew arrived on scene, embarked the people from the water and transported them to Station Channel Islands Harbor where emergency medical services awaited.

The Coast Guard highly recommends all mariners wear life jackets at all times while aboard a vessel. Wearing a life jacket can increase chances of survival during a life-threatening situation.

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oceandrew Jun 24, 2018 08:36 AM
Coast Guard Rescues 3 People Near Anacapa Island

17' boat with 3 people aboard at the islands without required safety gear??? What could possibly go wrong! They are lucky they didn't become Darwin Award winners. What "good reason" could they have for that?

Potif Jun 24, 2018 08:48 AM
Coast Guard Rescues 3 People Near Anacapa Island

Still have to wonder if there were life jackets on board, and the passengers chose not to put them on, and didn't have a chance as the boat capsized. There could be life jackets in a compartment of the boat.

Gordo Jun 23, 2018 08:55 PM
Coast Guard Rescues 3 People Near Anacapa Island

Wow. That could have gone the other way so easily. Cell phones don't always reach the islands. It sounds like they didn't have any other way to call for help. That was is so cold this time of year, hypothermia must not have been far off. Yes, as someone mentioned, sharks are always on option.

w.scott.burns Jun 23, 2018 09:22 AM
Coast Guard Rescues 3 People Near Anacapa Island

the bigger issue is that most afternoons, the water around the islands are rough, taking a 17 ft boat over there should only be done in mornings after checking conditions.

Potif Jun 23, 2018 06:51 PM
Coast Guard Rescues 3 People Near Anacapa Island

He may have had appropriate life jackets on the boat. Ones that no one thought they needed, and didn't want to put on, because they might be uncomfortable, or some other 'good' reason.

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