Harbor Blotter

Harbor Blotter — June 8

Byline: The Log Staff


Dana Point Harbor

May 28 • 1:48 p.m. Orange County Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol officers responded to a report of a personal watercraft taking on water and almost sinking, 400 yards off the harbor entrance. Officers towed the PWC back to the rental company.

May 28 • 6:20 p.m. Harbor Patrol officers received a report of a 50-foot boat with a possible leak, with water coming out of the port and starboard sides. Officers discovered that the boat’s owner had left the auxiliary generator running.


Newport Harbor

June 2 • 10 a.m. Orange County Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol officers received a report of a small electric boat with four people aboard, grounded on a sandbar in the Back Bay. The operator was able to dig the boat out and continue cruising.

June 3 • 8:47 a.m. Harbor Patrol officers received a report of a diesel fuel sheen on the water near the 1600 block of Bayside Drive. The spill was thought to have originated from a powerboat in an adjacent slip. Officers monitored the spill throughout the day, to determine the source.

June 3 • 5:14 p.m. Harbor Patrol officers received a report of a small powerboat colliding with a dock near a waterfront restaurant, resulting in major damage. The boat’s operator was not intoxicated, officers determined.


Ventura Harbor

May 23 • 4:20 p.m. Ventura Harbor Patrol officers observed a man swimming in the harbor. He explained to officers that his PWC was disabled in the Sand Trap after a wave knocked him and his passenger off the vessel. Officers transported the subject to his vessel, took it into tow and released it at the launch ramp.

May 23 • 6 p.m. Harbor Patrol officers received a report that a vessel collided with several other vessels when leaving its marina slip. Officers responded, interviewed the subjects through an interpreter and witnesses, and checked for damage to the vessels involved. Officers determined there was no damage.

May 29 • 5:30 p.m. Harbor Patrol officers received a request from the Coast Guard to search for an activated EPIRB in the harbor. Officers eventually found the EPIRB on a vessel at Ventura Isle Marina and deactivated the device.



Santa Barbara Harbor

May 156:40 p.m. Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol officers responded aboard Patrol Boat #1 to multiple reports in the Summerland beach area of a horse in the water, swimming out to sea. Working with Carpinteria Fire Department personnel and State Lifeguards, the horse was located more than 2 miles offshore, swimming toward the oil rigs. Firefighters were able to hook the animal’s reins with a boat hook and brought it alongside the patrol boat. Harbor Patrol officers placed a tow line underneath the horse’s saddle and secured it to PB#1’s cleats and began slowly towing the animal back to shore. Fire Department personnel and lifeguards on paddleboards guided the horse safely back to the beach.

May 19 6:30 a.m. Harbor Patrol officers observed a powerboat that had sunk at its slip. Only a portion of the bow was above the water. A message was left with the registered owner, who hired a commercial dive company to raise his vessel.

May 20 • 9:45 p.m. Harbor Patrol officers responded to Marina 3 on a report that a vessel had been broken into and robbed. While waiting for Santa Barbara Police, Harbor Patrol officers detained three subjects who were allegedly attempting to gain entry into the marina wearing clothing that the original reporting part said were his. One subject was arrested on burglary charges and probation violations. The other two suspects were released because they were not involved in the actual break-in, officers said.


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