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Pacific Southwest Media Contact: (510) 437-3325

11th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: Feb. 25, 2013

District 13 APAO

Contact: Chief Petty Officer Mike Lutz

Office: (206) 220-7093

*AUDIO RELEASE* Coast Guard searches for 4 missing boaters off Pillar Point

EDITORS NOTE: A portion of the vessel operator's radio transmission to the Coast Guard is included HERE.

SAN FRANCISCO - The Coast Guard is continuing the search for two adults and two children, who went missing after their 29-foot sailboat started taking on water Sunday afternoon.

Currently searching are:

  • Coast Guard Cutter Active
  • Coast Guard Cutter Pike
  • Air Station Sacramento HC-130 aircrews
  • Air Station San Francisco MH-65 helicopter crews
  • Coast Guard Station Monterey, Calif., 47-foot motor lifeboat crew
  • 129th Rescue Wing, California National Guard

A Carrier Airborne Command and Control Squadron One One Seven E2-C Hawkeye aircrew, homeported at Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif., will also be joining the search Monday afternoon.

The vessel, possibly named Charmblow, was approximately 65 miles off the coast of Pillar Point, Calif., when they radioed Coast Guard Sector San Francisco at 4:20 p.m. They stated that they were taking on water and the vessel's electronics were failing. At 5:30 p.m. the vessel operator reported that they were abandoning the vessel, and the Coast Guard lost radio communications with them. The crew may have possibly made it into a make-shift liferaft.

Upon receiving the notification from the vessel, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched multiple rescue assets.

Anyone with any information regarding this case or the sailboat name, as well as anyone that recognizes the voice on the audio tape, please contact Coast Guard Sector San Francisco immediately at 415-399-3547.

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