US Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach watchstanders received a mayday call at 9:00 a.m. (local time) via VHF channel 16 from a 36-foot recreational boat taking on water.
Shortly after hearing the mayday call, a US Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco’s Forward Operating Base Point Mugu MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew diverted from another operation to respond. Watchstanders from US Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach also launched a Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew to respond as well.
The Dolphin crew arrived on scene and rescued three people and transported them to Forward Operating Base Point Mugu. The RB-M crew arrived on scene a little later and pulled the remaining three people from the water and transported them to Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor.
There were no reported injuries and all six boaters were reunited at Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor. The mariners were prepared to abandon ship with life jackets on.
The Coast Guard reminds all mariners to ensure that they have the proper emergency equipment aboard their vessel to aid in timely rescue if a problem is encountered at sea.