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Four Rescued In Second Boating Accident Off Of Santa Cruz Island In 72 Hours

Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 4:07pm

There’s been a second boating accident in the Channel Islands in less that 72 hours, but this one has a much happier ending than one over the weekend which left three men dead, and a fourth missing.

A Coast Guard helicopter was just south of Santa Cruz Island around one this afternoon when the crew saw a rubber dingy with four people on board flip.

A helicopter crew member went into the water, to help airlift one of the people to the island.  But, because the chopper was low on fuel, the helicopter then had to leave.

A nearby Coast Guard vessel went to the scene, and assisted the three other people, and the Coast Guard crew member who had been left behind.  The helicopter just happened to be flying by the island, and wasn’t involved in search efforts related to Saturday’s apparent accident.

Meanwhile, authorities are now identifying three victims of Saturday’s boating accident on the north side of Santa Cruz Island, while the search for the body of the fourth continued today.

They were on a day outing out of Channel Islands Harbor Saturday when they failed to return.  A search on Sunday found the overturned boat.

The bodies of Sieng Bum and Ramiro Duarte of Oxnard, and Edgar Allen Isnec of Port Hueneme were recovered from the ocean by search teams.

The U.S. Coast Guard, and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department are conducting a joint investigation into what’s being called an apparent boating mishap.

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