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USCG rescues boat in fog thanks to flares

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US Coast Guards (USCG) have rescued a boat in distress in fog after finding it following the firing of flares.

The Coast Guard at Los Angeles was alerted after the engine of the 33-foot boat, Fascination had electrical issues and was unable to sail due to lack of wind.

The operator, who had his dog aboard, believed he was 600 feet offshore of Carpinteria, and with dense fog in the area, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach command center directed the vessel to anchor.

A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Forward Operating Base Point Mugu located the vessel using direction finding equipment and spotting the two flares the vessel operator set off.

The boat’s position was reported to a Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat — Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Channel Islands, who safely towed the vessel to Santa Barbara Harbor, with the assistance of the Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol The operator and dog were reported to be in good condition.

The USCG reminds boaters that having the proper equipment aboard your vessel is extremely important and urges ALL mariners to:

  • Carry marine flares on board the vessel
  • File an accurate and updated float plan with friends, family members and local marinas before heading out. The list should include the number of passengers aboard the vessel, destination and expected time of return
  • Stay informed – be aware of weather conditions and monitor the progress and strength of storms through local television, radio and internet. Check the current and expected weather and water conditions before heading out, and be aware that weather conditions can quickly change.
  • Wear life jackets while on the water
  • Always have a working marine-band radio on board
  • Ensure bilge pumps are operational and vessels are secure for heavy winds and rain.

For more information on boating safety, visit www.uscgboating.org. The main image is from USCG.

Mar 27, 2017