Channel Islands Harbor — Channel Islands Coast Guard Station rescued two young surfboarder’s that were in the traffic lanes off Anacapa Island. The two surfboarders left Channel Islands Harbor for a fast run to Platform Gina and got disorientated in heavy fog on their return trip and headed out to the Anacapa Island instead of the Channel Islands Harbor.
After losing their bearings and missing a large cargo ship by a half a mile they knew they were going in the wrong direction. They were able to flag down a fishing boat that called in the distress call to the station. A Coast Guard Auxiliary boat, the Marian Marie, was close by on patrol and picked up the surfboarders and brought them back safe and sound to the Coast Guard Station Channel Islands.
Above in photo: BM2 Kenneth Cook discussed with the surfboarders that weather conditions can change in a moment’s notice and be prepared and well-equipped to meet any situation that might occur. A radio, cell phone, life jacket and compass should always be on board.
The United States Coast Guard is the lead agency for coordinating national maritime search and rescue policy and is responsible for providing search and rescue services on, under and over assigned international waters and waters subject to United States jurisdiction.
Taken from a press release from the Coast Guard Auxiliary with permission from Henry Goldman.