Family of 4 Rescued from Sailboat Tossed in Rough Weather in Santa Barbara Harbor


The U.S. Coast Guard and Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol rescued a family of four and their dog from a sailboat that broke free from its moorings amid rough weather in Santa Barbara, California.

Early Sunday, a rescue response including 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 search for the family, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers.

The sailboat was located, and a rescue swimmer was lowered from the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter onto the deck of the stricken sailboat to check on the well-being of the family. All of the family members were then transferred to the harbor patrol boat and an then to shore. No injuries were reported.

Weather conditions reported early Sunday included wind gusts of 30-40 knots (34-46 mph) with sea swells between 6 and 8 feet.