Harbor Blotter -- April 13posted: 4/13/2012
LOS ANGELES COUNTY
March 15 • 6 p.m. Long Beach Police Boat 2 responded to a mayday call from a 31-foot sportfisher outside the Long Beach Light. The vessel had lost power and was in danger of running aground on the Federal Breakwater. The vessel was taken in tow by the police boat and returned to Davies Launch Ramp in Alamitos Bay.
March 18 • 1 p.m. Long Beach Police Boat 1 responded to a disabled vessel off Pier J that was in danger of running aground, due to gale force winds. When the police boat arrived on scene, the vessel was able to get under way using its own power. It was escorted back to the lee of Pier H and taken in tow by Long Beach Fire Department Rescue Boat 2, and returned to its slip.
Marina del Rey
March 10 • 11:49 p.m. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol deputies conducted a boating stop off Marina del Rey. The master of the vessel was cited for having non-functioning navigation lights.
March 12 • 11:29 a.m. Deputies responded to a report of an adult male creating a disturbance in the area near E Dock. The dockmaster was contacted, and a check of the area was conducted.
April 1 • 10:19 a.m. Ventura West Marina reported that a vessel collided with several moored vessels as it left the marina. Ventura Harbor Patrol officers located the vessel at the marina’s pumpout station. No one was aboard. Officers took photos of the damaged boats.
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
Santa Barbara Harbor
March 21 • 2:25 p.m. Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol officers assisted the operator of a 24-foot powerboat taking on water and inoperable off Hendry’s Beach. Officers removed about 700 gallons of water and secured a leak. The vessel and its three occupants were towed back to Santa Barbara Harbor without incident.
March 25 • 9 a.m. Harbor Patrol officers responded to a report of a vessel going aground. A sailboat was found hard aground in front of the East Beach Bathhouse. The vessel was later deemed not salvageable and disposed of at the owner’s expense.
March 26 • 2 a.m. Harbor Patrol officers relieved the Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin of a panga that was found adrift off Point Conception with 14 people on board. The panga was towed to the accommodations dock for safekeeping. A total of 14 suspected illegal immigrants were offloaded from Blackfin and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
March 28 • 2:10 p.m. Harbor Patrol officers responded to a report of a woman acting strangely, yelling and threatening people at Marina 3. The woman was arrested on outstanding warrants for DUI and a felony no-bail warrant.
April 2 • 2 p.m. Harbor Patrol officers responded to a report of another sailboat aground near the East Beach Bathhouse. The owner had reportedly hired eight homeless individuals to assist him with physically pushing the vessel back out to sea. The idea was met with near disaster when a large wave slapped the hull, causing the 10,000-pound vessel to roll over and almost crush the unsuccessful salvagers, according to Harbor Patrol reports. Officers terminated the salvage operation and advised all subjects involved of the dangers involved with a vessel rocking back and forth in high surf.