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Campers left stranded on Santa Cruz Island after boat drifts away

November 27, 2009 | 11:18 am
Four campers were left stranded on Santa Cruz Island early today when their boat drifted away after its anchor became detached, authorities said.

A witness reported the incident about midnight to the Coast Guard's Los Angeles-Long Beach command center, which dispatched a rescue boat and a helicopter from from its Channel Islands station, said Petty Officer Christina Bozeman of the Coast Guard. 

The 26-foot boat’s anchor became detached, causing the boat to drift about two miles, Bozeman said.

The four campers, whose names were not released, told authorities they were setting up when they realized their boat had drifted away. 

The boat was later located by the Coast Guard. No injuries were reported, Bozeman said.

--Ruben Vives