Coast Guard crews search for survivors from a boat fire near Carlsbad

Coast Guard crews search for survivors from a boat fire near Carlsbad
Archive image: A Coast Guard Sector San Diego MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew conducts a search and rescue (SAR) demonstration in San Diego Aug. 10, 2019.
U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Kelley.

SAN DIEGO — A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew and three Cutter crews search for survivors from a boat fire Thursday morning near Carlsbad.

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.​

Coast Guard​ watchstanders​ dispatched an MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew and diverted the Coast Guard Cutters Munro,​ Benjamin Bottoms and the Haddock.

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.

Coast Guard crews search for survivors from a boat fire near Carlsbad
Coast Guard Cutter Munro crewmembers work with Coast Guard Cutters Haddock and Benjamin Bottoms to extinguish a vessel fire off the coast of San Diego, July 15, 2021.
The vessel left the Oceanside harbor heading towards Carlsbad when it was seen on fire.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Stanton.

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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