SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The Coast Guard rescued 19 migrants from a crippled panga-style vessel off Redondo Beach on Saturday.
Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach lookouts received a call at 9:10 a.m. from a good Samaritan reporting a disabled vessel in distress off Redondo Beach.
Observers from the Los Angeles-Long Beach sector coordinated the launch of a small boat rescue team from Coast Guard Station Los Angeles-Long Beach, helicopter rescue teams from Forward Operating Base Point Mugu from San Francisco Air Station and San Diego Air Station, and hijacked the Coast Guard. Blackfin cutter to help with research. Baywatch Marina Del Rey and Baywatch Redondo of Los Angeles County also launched two lifeboats to help.
Air Station San Diego helicopter rescue crew located the disabled vessel 18 miles west of Redondo Beach with 19 people on board.
With the assistance of Baywatch Redondo, Coast Guard Station Los Angeles’ lifeboat safely transferred 19 people from the disabled vessel to safety, and the Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin towed the disabled vessel to Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach, where Customs and Borders Office of Field Operations Protection officers will process those on board and Air and Sea Operations will seize the vessel.
“This case highlights the inherent risks of migrants attempting to enter the United States by sea and the dynamic nature of our operations,” said Capt. Ryan Manning, commander of Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles- Long Beach. “The Coast Guard and our local partners responded to a report of a vessel in distress and, after ensuring the safety of everyone involved, turned to national immigration enforcement. Coast Guard routinely patrols the California coastline to combat illegal migration and ensure the safety of all people on the water.