Coast Guard Sector San Diego watchstanders received several reports of a boat, 50 feet in length, on fire approximately seven nautical miles off the Carlsbad coast around 9 a.m.
While Coast Guard assets were en route, the Oceanside Harbor Master confirmed that the boat’s name was the Relentless. The Harbor Master saw the boat leave the Oceanside Harbor heading towards Carlsbad Thursday morning and stated that the owner lived aboard the boat and was presumed to have been alone.
The Coast Guard Cutters (USCGC) arrived on scene and worked together to extinguish the boat fire while the MH-60T Jayhawk rescue helicopter aircrew searched for survivors. The boat sustained significant damage and eventually sank in approximately 1,800 feet of water.
The MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew conducted search patterns for more than six hours spanning over 600 square miles with no sightings of survivors.
The three Coast Guard Cutters are still searching.
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