Unmanned Dinghy Found near Montaña de Oro
Source: U.S. Coast Guard
The Coast Guard responded to an unmanned and adrift dinghy near the coast of Montaña de Oro State Park, Monday.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach command center received a report at approximately 3:30 p.m, of the unmanned dinghy.
A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Morro Bay and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Forward Operating Base Point Mugu conducted several search patterns in the area looking for any possible missing persons.
The dinghy was reported to have oars and a gas can inside, and is around 10 feet in length.
Incidents have occurred where several agencies and assets are responding to adrift or unsecured personal watercraft, and these accidents can impede response and search capabilities to mariners in need of actual assistance.
Due to these incidents the Coast Guard advises mariners to exercise caution when inclement weather is forecasted and to ensure personal vessels are properly secured at all times.
Anyone with information that may help locate the owners of the dinghy are asked to contact the Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach command center at (310) 521-3801.