Nautical Nonsense Off Isla Vista

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Photo: Mike Eliason / Santa Barbara County Fire Department
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By edhat staff

Santa Barbara County Firefighters rescued two men off the Isla Vista coast from their "kiddie pool" boat early Saturday morning. 

At 2:37 a.m. firefighters and water rescue teams responded to a call of two people on a makeshift boat unable to reach the shore. Three rescue boarders launched from Isla Vista with two watercrafts responded from Campus Point. 

Crews made contact approximately thirty minutes later and discovered two "male, non-engineering students in their early 20's" who fashioned a watercraft using 20 home depot buckets, plywood, duct tape, and two plastic kiddie pools, said Public Information Officer Mike Eliason. 

The men had a paddle and the sea was calm but the water temperatures were in the mid-50s and there were no wetsuits. The tide had pushed the men approximately 300 yards from shore before someone saw them and notified authorities. 

There were no injuries but Eliason does not recommend re-creating this "nautical nonsense" and clarified that alcohol was not a factor.

Photo: Mike Eliason / SBCFD

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PitMix May 10, 2021 07:31 AM
Nautical Nonsense Off Isla Vista

There was alcohol involved in this at some point, even if they weren't drunk during the launch. 30 yrs ago, without cell phones, they could have died, right? They should charge for rescues like this.

sacjon May 10, 2021 01:33 PM
Nautical Nonsense Off Isla Vista

PIT - the young men weren't drunk. The cops confirmed that. So what if they came up with the plan when they were drinking? They carried it out sober, so they must have decided it was still worth trying. Why do you insist on blaming them as drunk kids? Sometimes young men get inquisitive and try to make things and do some dumb things. Doesn't make them drunk or bad. Also, they could have been stuck out there for hours. I got caught with no wind way up the coast with my Hobie Cat as a 20 something and it took us HOURS to float back to the beach in the current, we were dead sober the whole time. Stop insisting alcohol was involved with they've already said it was not.

dukemunson May 10, 2021 01:32 PM
Nautical Nonsense Off Isla Vista

I read the last line "alcohol was not a factor" as a nod to these young Gauchos having probably smoked the hell out of some great weed...

PitMix May 10, 2021 01:24 PM
Nautical Nonsense Off Isla Vista

Sac, when they say alcohol was not a factor, that means they don't think they were drinking around the night of the launch. Or you think it means that these two guys are the only teetotalers in IV? You think 2 sober guys could have cooked up this plan to get a bunch of stuff from HD, build it, and then launch it in the middle of the night with no wetsuits? It doesn't seem possible to me.

sacjon May 10, 2021 12:27 PM
Nautical Nonsense Off Isla Vista

PIT - the authorities "clarified that alcohol was not a factor." Last line of the story. No, these weren't drunk idiots, they were just inquisitive young men trying to build a boat out of everyday materials.

Sail380 May 10, 2021 12:20 PM
Nautical Nonsense Off Isla Vista

Yes PITMIX they could have died. They also could have saved themselves. 30 years ago people were much more self reliant and had not yet been trained to depend on emergency services.

edney May 09, 2021 08:48 PM
Nautical Nonsense Off Isla Vista

An important part of adventurism is researching the history of the technology you wish to use.
There is this invention called "Google" or even better "Duck Duck Go"

mtndriver May 09, 2021 12:04 PM
Nautical Nonsense Off Isla Vista

Do it yourself pontoon boat. Wonder what time they launched that thing? No wetsuits? If these two are over 20 years old, I'll eat my hat.

a-1620528862 May 08, 2021 07:54 PM
Nautical Nonsense Off Isla Vista

What's really weird is for the money they paid for all that junk to make a "boat" they could have a very serviceable double kayak (which would last years) for around $500. Launching at night on our coast with the water temp we have now is really .... unreal.

CoastWatch May 08, 2021 06:30 PM
Nautical Nonsense Off Isla Vista

very creative use of "eco-friendly" plastics... How do these Bozo's get accepted to a University?

Notthatbad May 08, 2021 05:09 PM
Nautical Nonsense Off Isla Vista


I agree with Roger, would love to see faces. Although I very much appreciate the photos we did get.

UCSB is a top school, so even the non-engineers can put together a watercraft. Definitely be proud.

a-1620619500 May 09, 2021 09:05 PM
Nautical Nonsense Off Isla Vista

UCSB maybe is a top school but as these yahoos demonstrated they don't alway bring in the top students. My company only rarely hired UCSB grads.

FernaldPoint93108 May 08, 2021 04:53 PM
Nautical Nonsense Off Isla Vista

I’m guessing the bucket side goes down and they used to have lids, and the seating area was in the pools.

Roger May 08, 2021 05:56 PM
Nautical Nonsense Off Isla Vista

You mean THC Because it's talking to me right now telling me I should have not eaten those Calflower sticks I'll pay for it later on.

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