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Coast Guard rescues family stranded on boat off Santa Barbara

March 20, 2011 |  1:08 pm

U.S. Coast Guard and harbor patrol officials brought a family of four, including a 6-month-old, and their dog to shore early Sunday after their sailboat broke free from its Santa Barbara mooring, officials said.

An MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter from Air Station Los Angeles, a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Channel Islands Harbor and a harbor patrol boat were sent to look for the family, Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers said in a statement.

After locating the sailboat, a rescue swimmer was lowered from the helicopter onto the deck to check on the condition of the family, Eggers said. All of the family members were then transferred to the harbor patrol boat and brought ashore. No injuries were reported.

Weather conditions at the time included wind gusts of 30-40 knots with sea swells between 6 and 8 feet.


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