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Harbor Blotter -- Aug. 31

posted: 8/31/2012
ORANGE COUNTY
Dana Point Harbor
Aug. 16 • 5:38 p.m.
Orange County Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol officers responded to a report that a 22-foot boat was sinking near Doheny Anchorage. Officers towed the vessel to the pumpout dock, after the operator reportedly made statements that he planned to abandon the boat because he was “over it” and “no one will help me.”

Aug. 16 • 6:18 p.m. Harbor Patrol officers received a report of a sportfishing boat that ran out of fuel at the harbor entrance. Officers towed the vessel to the launch ramp.

Aug. 18 • 12:40 p.m. Harbor Patrol officers responded to a report of a collision between a 32-foot sailboat and another vessel in the West Basin.

Aug. 20 • 9:41 p.m. Harbor Patrol officers responded to a report of a woman sleeping on the dock next to a slip where a boat was impounded earlier in the day. Officers talked with the woman and she left the area.

Newport Harbor
Aug. 17 • 5:56 p.m.
Orange County Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol officers received a report that sea lions were damaging a boat at a mooring. The mooring permittee was notified.

Aug. 19 • 1:57 p.m. Harbor Patrol officers received a report that a vessel collision took place near the harbor entrance, and one of the vessels involved left the scene. The vessel that continued cruising reportedly was a powerboat filled with paddleboarders.

Aug. 20 • 9:01 a.m. A mooring holder reported that two kayaks and a Sabot were tied off to her mooring, without permission.
 
Sunset/Huntington Harbour
Aug. 17 • 1:09 p.m.
Orange County Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol officers received a report of a telephone pole in the water. The debris was removed, and Huntington Beach Public Works was notified.

Aug. 19 • 10:04 a.m. Harbor Patrol officers received a report of a fire aboard a 22-foot powerboat with three people aboard, near the harbor entrance. Fire and smoke were coming from the engine compartment. The passengers were taken aboard a patrol boat, Coast Guard personnel assisted in getting the situation under control, and the boat was towed to the launch ramp.

VENTURA COUNTY
Ventura Harbor
Aug. 14 • 11:45 a.m.
A visitor at Harbortown Resort reported to Ventura Harbor Patrol officers that he found an inflatable dinghy and an 18 hp engine. He said he would like to claim the vessel, if it is not returned to its owner in the required time frame. Officers took possession of the inflatable and filled out a “Found Property Report.”

Aug. 14 • 6:30 p.m. Harbor Patrol officers responded to a report that a compact SUV had rolled down the launch ramp and was floating away. The vehicle’s owners were kayakers who had paddled into the harbor. Officers searched for them, found them and returned them to the launch ramp. Two tow trucks removed the vehicle from the water.

Aug. 18 • 2:33 p.m. The owner of a 33-foot sailing vessel reported he had engine problems 2 miles from shore and requested assistance after he arrived at the harbor. Harbor Patrol officers took the vessel in tow and released it at its slip at Ventura West Marina.

Aug. 19 • 3:50 p.m. Harbor Patrol officers observed a 28-foot vessel that was disabled in the turning basin, took the vessel in tow and released it at the launch ramp.

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
Santa Barbara Harbor
Aug. 9 • 4:15 p.m.
Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol officers responded to a report of a boat sinking one-quarter mile east of Stearns Wharf. They found a 54-foot sailboat with 4 feet of water in the cabin. Approximately 8,000 gallons of water were pumped out of the vessel. It was later towed to the Harbor Patrol Accommodations Dock.

Aug. 10 • 12:35 p.m. Harbor Patrol officers responded to a report from a boat owner at Marina 4, stating that two men had broken into his boat. Officers contacted the two individuals, who reportedly said they climbed the Marina 4 gate and slept aboard the vessel. The men said they were down on their luck and needed a place to stay. The owner of the vessel did not press charges, but both subjects were issued citations from the Harbor Patrol for unauthorized entry into the marina.

Aug. 11 • 12:15 p.m. Harbor Patrol officers responded to a report of a vessel on fire one-quarter mile off Loon Point. Officers boarded the vessel, discovered that no one aboard was injured and that the smoke had come from an overheated engine. State Lifeguard personnel on PWCs and Carpinteria Fire Department personnel on paddleboards were also on the scene. The disabled vessel was towed back to Santa Barbara Harbor.

Aug. 19 • 9:40 a.m. Harbor Patrol officers received a report of a stolen Chumash Tomol (canoe) from a visitor slip. The reporting party stated that no one from the paddle group had used the Tomol. Harbor Patrol officers located the Tomol in a different slip, still intact, with all its gear still aboard. The reporting party was contacted and advised of the location of the canoe.

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