Body Found Near Drifting Boat Off Santa Barbara Coast

Harbor Patrol towed in an unoccupied sailboat floating near Leadbetter Beach on November 26, 2023. A body was discovered in the water nearby. (Photo: John Palminteri)

A body was discovered off Leadbetter Beach in Santa Barbara early Sunday, not far from an abandoned boat drifting along shore.

At approximately 1:30 a.m., a sailboat was discovered with their lights on and sails up.

Captains aboard the TowBoatUS Assist Ventura were responding to an unrelated call for service off the Santa Barbara coast when they noticed the vessel without anyone at the helm.

“Captains utilized horns, yelling, and VHF ch16 to attempt to make contact with anyone on board to no avail,” according to TowBoatUS.

The Coast Guard was notified of a potential overboard as one of the TowBoatUS Captains jumped onboard the sailboat and to confirm the vessel was unoccupied.

“The Assist Ventura immediately began search patterns while waiting for additional resources,” according to TowBoatUS.

Nearly two and a half hours into the search, the Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol Officers located the body of a male in the water.

The identity of the man has yet to be released pending next of kin notification.

Additional details surrounding this incident have yet to be released.

Edhat Staff

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  1. I would like to add more stuff/evidence. I would like to confirm the identity of the man as Jimmy Price. Age 50. He is my great uncle. I have pictures of the man for proof. He bought the boat at Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles. He lives in Daly City, San Francisco. He was going to head north to the Marina in SF. He lived with his mother/my great grandma age 82. He lived at 1052 Hanover Street/

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