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Coast Guard suspends response to overturned boat near Point Loma

Coast Guard suspends response to overturned boat near Point Loma
Archive image: Coast Guard response boat Crew, from Station San Diego, tend the trail line during a basket hoist exercise conducted June 8 with an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew near San Diego.
The air and boat crews train constantly in helicopter operations like this, designed to simulate transferring a rescue survivor from the boat to the helicopter.
U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area photo.

SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard suspended its response Monday morning to an overturned boat near the Point Loma Tide Pools in the Cabrillo National Monument.

The Coast Guard Cutter Haddock crew relieved the Blackfin and remained on scene through the night to continue searching for survivors from the capsized, 40-foot trawler-style boat while the Coast Guard and partner agencies worked to verify the number of people aboard.

Thirty-two people have been accounted for. Twenty-nine people are alive, of which, five were taken to the hospital with one of the five remaining in critical condition and three people were declared deceased by the San Diego County medical examiner.

“After careful consideration using the information from our on-scene crews, partner agency input and the magnitude of the response efforts, the Coast Guard suspended our search on Monday morning,” said Captain Timothy Barelli, the Sector San Diego​ commander. “Yesterday, we were once again reminded how dangerous these ocean smuggling attempts can be and we will continue to work with our local, state and federal partners to prevent, detect and respond to cases like this to keep the waters of San Diego safe and secure.”

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Coast Guard suspends response to overturned boat near Point Loma
Archive image: A Coast Guard C-27J aircrew, assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, flies along the California Coastline during an area of familiarization training, Monday, Feb. 6, 2018.
The C-27Js are outfitted with weather radar and communications equipment capable of supporting transport and other Coast Guard missions.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Scott Handlin

TowBoat U.S. contacted Coast Guard Sector San Diego command center​ watchstanders around 10 a.m. Sunday, reporting a boat capsized on the rocks.​

Coast Guard Sector San Diego dispatched a Coast Guard Station San Diego 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew, a Sector San Diego​ MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew and a Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento C-27 Spartan aircrew. The Coast Guard Cutters Blackfin, Haddock and Robert Ward were also diverted to the scene.

The Coast Guard and partner agencies responded to an overturned 40-foot trawler-style boat near the Point Loma Tide Pools in the Cabrillo National Monument, May 2, 2021.
Coast Guard Sector San Diego dispatched crews from Coast Guard Station San Diego, Sector San Diego, and Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, the Coast Guard Cutters Blackfin, Haddock and Robert Ward were also diverted to the scene.
U. S. Coast Guard video.

San Diego Harbor Police, San Diego Fire-Rescue and SDFD Lifeguards, San Diego Fire Department, Border Patrol, Air and Marine Operations, Office of Field Operations, Homeland Security Investigations​ and National Park Service assisted in the rescue.

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