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USCG rescues mariner near Santa Cruz Island

Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station San Francisco.
Archive image: a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station San Francisco.
Photo by U.S. Coast Guard by Petty Officer 2nd Class Colby Neal.

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The USCG rescued a man Monday morning after his sailboat ran aground at Scorpion Anchorage near Santa Cruz Island. 

The man aboard the sailboat contacted Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach watchstanders via VHF channel 16 concerned that his vessel was dragging anchor after it had been overtaken by bad weather. 

Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew and a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco Forward Operating Base Mugu MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to assist.

Coast Guard rescues a mariner after their sailboat ran aground in Scorpions Cove, Santa Cruz Island, California,
USCG rescues a mariner after their sailboat ran aground in Scorpions Cove, Santa Cruz Island, California, October 28, 2019. The Coast Guard launched one Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew, and a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco Forward Operating Base Mugu Dolphin MH-65 helicopter crew to assist the mariner.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

After arriving on scene, the Station Channel Islands crew started to pass towing instructions to the mariner. Before they could set up to tow, the sailing vessel was struck by three large waves breaking the vessels anchor line and causing the vessel to drift into a cove too dangerous for the 45-foot response boat to enter.

Once the Coast Guard helicopter arrived on scene, the crew hoisted the man into the helicopter and transported him to Forward Operating Base Mugu with no reported medical concerns.

-USCG-

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