Missing Boat Headed For Redondo Beach Found By Coast Guard

Missing Boat Headed For Redondo Beach Found By Coast Guard

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(FOX 11 / CNS) A 17-foot boat that went missing near Rancho Palos Verdes with three people aboard was found today, with everyone safe, and was being towed to San Pedro, the U.S Coast Guard reported.

"The Coast Guard had been broadcasting marine warnings to be on the lookout for this vessel, and one nearby boat saw the disabled vessel at about 8:40 a.m. and initiated a tow,'' said U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer Andrea Anderson.

"This good Samaritan contacted us and we sent a ship to his location to take over the tow,'' Anderson added. "Everyone on board was safe and we are bringing the vessel into Cabrillo Harbor in San Pedro for repairs.''

Anderson said the ship's problems stemmed from an engine breakdown. The wayward boat left Avalon Harbor on Santa Catalina Island with "one male and two females'' aboard about 8 p.m. Sunday and was last seen near Rancho Palos Verdes, said Adam Eggers, a civilian Coast Guard spokesman. It was headed for the Redondo Beach area.

"A 911 call was sent out to L.A. County Lifeguards at about 9:30 (Sunday night) that their engine had died and they were unable to get it started,'' Eggers said. The boat had no radio and the cellphone company told the Coast Guard the phone had died.

The Coast Guard launched a helicopter and boats and began the search, along with Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguards, at 9:56 p.m. Sunday, said Los Angeles County Dispatch Supervisor Robert Diaz. The Long Beach Fire Department was asked to join the search at 11:12 p.m., Diaz said. But L.A.

County Fire got out of the search after 1 a.m., he said.

A Long Beach-based Coast Guard helicopter stayed on the search all night, its pilot and crew equipped with night vision goggles. It was replaced around 6 a.m. by a helicopter from San Diego, Eggers said. The Marina del Rey-based 87-foot Coast Guard cutter Halibut also joined the search this morning.

The search centered off Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro and Redondo Beach, Eggers said.

From Sandra Endo:

Passengers on board the missing and disabled boat say it was a cold night on the water but they're happy to be back on land.

The US Coast guard towed the 17-footer into Cabrillo Marina after it was stranded overnight. The boat with three passengers on board went missing after leaving Catalina's Avalon Harbor at around 8pm Sunday night.

A passenger on board called 911 at around 10pm saying the boat was disabled, there was no radio or flares, then the phone died.

USCG Captain Jennifer Williams says "we were able to locate the general area where the phone came from and rescue teams searched for the vessel throughout the night and this morning. We also put a call out to all boaters to keep an eye out for the disabled boat."

A good samaritan spotted the boat at around 9am Monday and the coast guard was able to assist it back to shore.

The boat owner Jason Wischman says "we had planned just to cruise around Redondo Harbor but it was so nice out we decided to go to Catalina. And when we were heading back we got into trouble. Now I regret it, it was late, got dark, windy."

Passenger Kelly Kavalunes said "we ran out of gas, all our cell phones were dying, I had five percent and had just enough power to call 911 and they were able to help us. I'm just tired and stressed out."

Coast Guard officials say boaters should have the necessary safety measures on board, a radio, flares, and lifejackets.

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