Two Overdue Fishermen Return to Ventura Marina

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Two Overdue Fishermen Return to Ventura Marina
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Santa Cruz Island (Photo: National Park Service)

Update by the U.S. Coast Guard
June 21, 2018

Two fishermen who were reported overdue returned to Ventura Marina Wednesday evening.

At approximately 6 p.m., Kevin Thompson, 47, and Andy Pilmer, 47, returned to Ventura Marina with no reported injuries. 

At approximately 2 p.m., a girlfriend of one of the fishermen reported the men missing to watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach. Thompson and Pilmer departed the Ventura Marina at approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday and were expected to return Wednesday at 6 a.m. Their fishing route included Santa Cruz Island, Anacapa Island and Yellow Banks. 

Watchstanders dispatched a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco Forward Operating Base Point Mugu MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to begin searching.

The fishermen were aboard a white 20-foot center-consoled fishing vessel with a blue stripe.

Mariners are reminded of the importance of providing details of their intended voyage and a description of their vessel to family and friends prior to leaving port. This information is critical to rescuers in case of an emergency.


Source: U.S. Coast Guard
June 20, 2018

The Coast Guard is searching for two overdue fishermen near Santa Cruz IslandWednesday. 

Missing is Kevin Thompson, 47, from Ventura and Andy Pilmer, 47, from Ventura.

At approximately 2 p.m., a girlfriend of one of the fishermen reported the men missing to watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach. Thompson and Pilmer departed the Ventura Marina at approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday and were expected to return Wednesday at 6 a.m. Their fishing route included Santa Cruz Island, Anacapa Island and Yellow Banks. 

Watchstanders dispatched a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco Forward Operating Base Point Mugu MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to begin searching.

The fishermen are reported to be aboard a white 20-foot center-consoled fishing vessel with a blue stripe.

If anyone has information regarding this case, please contact the Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach watchstanders at (310) 521-3801.

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watching Jun 22, 2018 08:04 PM
Two Overdue Fishermen Return to Ventura Marina

The bite wide open out there right now.. all fishermen lie on when they are going to return when the bite is on!... And yes .. who is paying for the coast guard "training!!"

maxinecharles Jun 21, 2018 08:08 AM
Two Overdue Fishermen Return to Ventura Marina

Per the VCStar: "Coast Guard officials ceased the search operation when the fishermen returned to the Ventura Marina around 6:15 p.m., authorities said." I hope they get a nice bill from the Coast Guard.

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