Harbor Blotter — March 29
Byline: The Log Staff
SAN DIEGO COUNTY
March 18 • 9:30 p.m. Two male marines reportedly walked out of the surf and up to a beach fire ring, stating they had flipped their boat, according to Oceanside Harbor Patrol reports. They stood by the fire warming up and reportedly later walked away, stating they were going to get more beer. Harbor Patrol Officer Spencer was contacted by the individuals at the fire ring, and he later located a small boat in the surf line. The owner of the vessel contacted Officer Spencer and told him he would help get the boat in the morning. Officer Spencer contacted Lifeguard Capt. Curtis and Sgt. Jeff Brandt, and the decision was made to salvage the vessel in the morning. Officers assisted lifeguards with removing the vessel from the surf. The marine in question never showed up, but his staff sergeant and gunnery sergeant responded and took possession of the vessel.
March 19 • 8:46 p.m. A vessel attempted to enter the harbor, but overshot the entrance and drove up onto Harbor Beach, according to reports. Oceanside Harbor Patrol officers received a mayday call from the vessel, a 45-foot fishing boat with three people on board. Fire department personnel, lifeguards and police responded. Lifeguards safely rescued the three people from the boat and a line was secured from the vessel to a patrol boat. After a lengthy pull on the line, the vessel headed back to sea. However, the tow line parted and the vessel beached itself for the second time, police reports stated. The line was reconnected and the vessel was safely towed into the harbor.
Dana Point Harbor
March 17 • 11:33 a.m. Orange County Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol officers responded to a boat adrift in the harbor. The sportfisher was towed back to Dana Point Yacht Club.
March 17 • 3:05 p.m. Harbor Patrol officers received a report of a subject falling from the mast of a sailboat in West Basin. They determined it was an accident, and no injuries were sustained.
March 14 • 4:20 p.m. Orange County Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol officers assisted a guest vessel with securing a line.
March 16 • 8:19 a.m. Harbor Patrol officers responded to a call of a boat speeding close to Harbor Marina and advised the operator of the violation.
March 17 • 3:44 p.m. Harbor Patrol officers responded to a mayday call from a small powerboat stuck between the west jetty and Balboa Pier. The vessel was towed to a shore mooring.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Marina del Rey
Feb. 14 • 4:28 p.m. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Marine Patrol deputies responded to a call at the rental docks, where two people with a small rental boat were past due to return. A search was conducted in dense fog, and the vessel was located with the two passengers in good condition. The vessel was found approximately 1 mile off of the Venice pier and escorted back to Marina del Rey.
March 2 • 10:31 a.m. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies observed a vessel drifting toward the rocks of the south jetty of Marina del Rey. Deputies contacted the skipper of the vessel, who stated he was having engine trouble. The vessel was immediately taken in tow and returned to the launch ramp.
March 6 • 8:55 a.m. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department boat deputies responded to a mayday call reporting a vessel sinking. The vessel was located just outside the detached breakwater of Marina del Rey. Once officers were on scene, it was determined that the bait tank was leaking. The leak was stopped and the vessel was escorted to the Marina del Rey launch ramp.
Channel Islands Harbor
March 7 • 1:15 p.m. Channel Islands Harbor Patrol officers received a call of a vessel with a fouled prop. Officers responded and placed the vessel in tow. The boat was towed back to its slip in Mandalay Bay.
March 13 • 10:55 a.m. Harbor Patrol officers received a call of a vessel that had a small fire in the bilge. Fireboat 5 and another patrol boat arrived on the scene. The captain of the vessel stated the fire was out. The vessel was escorted to the harbormaster dock, where Ventura County Fire personnel went aboard to confirm fire was extinguished.
March 17 • 4:15 p.m. Harbor Patrol officers received a call of a vessel adrift, in need of a tow. Officers responded towed the vessel to the owner’s residence.
March 21 • 1:50 a.m. Harbor Patrol officers received a call of a sailing vessel that had lost power, and there was no wind to sail it into its slip. Officers responded and placed the vessel in tow, back to the harbormaster dock. The owner of the vessel made repairs to the engine and got the vessel under way, under its own power.
March 4 • 4:45 p.m. Ventura Harbor Patrol officers observed the operator of a sailboat deploy an anchor by the junction buoy. Officers contacted the owner, who stated his vessel had lost power. Officers took the vessel in tow and released it at its dock in the Keys.
March 6 • 7:09 a.m. Harbor patrol officers observed a squid skiff having difficulty towing a vessel out of its slip at Harbor Village. Patrol towed it out, so it could be hauled out at a local boatyard.
March 9 • 10:39 a.m. Harbor Patrol officers received a call from boaters on a small inflatable, stating they were unable to paddle against the strong winds south of the harbor. Upon officers’ arrival, it was determined that the inflatable boat was actually in the estuary of the Santa Clara River. State Parks and Patrol assisted the subjects to the sand bar with paddleboards.
March 9 • 11:12 a.m. Harbor Patrol officers received a report that there were kayakers in need of assistance by Buoy #2. Officers responded, located the kayakers and escorted them to the patrol dock.
March 10 • 3:50 p.m. Harbor Patrol officers observed a sailboat hit the breakwater, according to reports. Officers responded, took the vessel in tow off the breakwater and secured it to the long patrol dock, to assess the damage.
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
Santa Barbara Harbor
March 7 • Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol officers and Santa Barbara Police Department personnel responded to the Sandspit on a report of a surfer with a head injury. Patrol Boat #1 responded to the Sandspit and Patrol Boat #3 staged for fire personnel and AMR. C-Spine precautions were taken and the patient’s head was dressed. He was transported by vessel back to the accommodations dock in the harbor and taken to a local by ambulance.
March 9 • 4:10 p.m. Harbor Patrol officers responded to Sea Landing on a report that the 71-foot whale-watching vessel Condor Express was on fire. The fire was extinguished approximately 10 minutes after the initial call. Santa Barbara Fire Department personnel boarded Condor Express to check the extent of the fire, which appears to have been contained to the wheelhouse. Harbor Patrol officers assisted Santa Barbara Fire Department personnel with the overhaul.