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News Release

June 13, 2011


Coast Guard rescues 2 adults, 1 child from sinking sailboat

47' MLB enters Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, CA.

OXNARD, Calif. - The Coast Guard rescued three boaters from a 15-foot sailboat after it began sinking near Santa Cruz Island, late Sunday afternoon.

A 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Channel Islands Harbor and a Vessel Assist Ventura boatcrew responded to a distress call from the master of the Adventure Quest at about 4:30 p.m.

The boaters had moved to a small dinghy after they could not keep up with the rate of flooding on the sailboat.  The two adults and 14-year-old boy were taken onboard the Coast Guard lifeboat, all in good condition.

Vessel Assist Ventura arrived on-scene and determined the vessel could not be dewatered and began to tow the sailboat back to Channel Islands Harbor.  During the transit, the mast of the sailboat broke and the vessel capsized.  Vessel Assist Ventura completed the tow back into the harbor.

“I want to thank the Coast Guard crew for the fast response, making sure we had no injuries, giving us blankets and something to drink.  We could not keep up with the water coming in and immediately called  the Coast Guard on channel 16. It was obvious we were sinking and entered our small dinghy,” said Jon Chaus, the owner of the sailboat.

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