Boat mishap in high winds outside Channel Islands Harbor

Sand was blowing in horizontal sheets, stinging hands and faces, when we arrived at the mouth of Channel Islands Harbor late this afternoon (4-27-16). We had heard, via the Fire Dept., that a boat capsized off Silverstrand Beach.

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View of South jetty (foreground), where boat was found.behind and North Jetty, just beyond, at entrance to Channel Islands Harbor, looking NorthWest from Silverstrand Beach. Photo: George Miller/CitizensJournal.us

On-scene personnel told us that very high winds had driven a boat into the harbor mouth jetty (see above and map below), the operator ended up overboard, but swam to shore, while the Harbor Patrol brought the boat in.

The boat ended up in Port Hueneme at the jetty, but both Ventura County and Oxnard FD rescue units responded to the call, since it is at the boundary of jurisdictions. They searched outside the harbor for missing people. The swimmer ended up at Hollywood Beach, Oxnard.

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a similar boat

Later, we spoke with officer James Ruhmel of the Channel Islands Harbor Patrol. He said that they received a report of a capsized boat on the harbor side of the south Jetty, which is at Silverstrand Beach, Port Hueneme.  The Harbor Patrol righted and retrieved the motorized, inflatable craft and brought it to safety. He said it was a 10-12′ hard bottom inflatable Caribe with a center console. Not finding anyone in the water there, they located its pilot on Hollywood Beach. He sustained no injuries. Officer Ruhmel thinks that the capsize occurred behind the outer breakwater, since the subject swam to Hollywood Beach, north of the north jetty.

He told us that a combined search effort included the Harbor Patrol, Fire Dept. and nearby US Coast Guard resources. 

These were very dangerous conditions for a small, lightly loaded inflatable craft, with gusts forecast up to 40 knots today. Officer Ruhmel said their wind gauge read 42 and that he wouldn’t be surprised if it was 45+ where the incident occurred.

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Background: Channel Islands Harbor Patrol boat; foreground: local kayaker Peter O’Sullivan (*retired VC FD Captain and well-known local kayaker), on another windy day. Photo: CKF.org. (California Kayak Friends).

 

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Ventura County Fire Dept rescue unit packs up after search/rescue effort, at Kiddie Beach, Channel Islands harbor, Oxnard, 4-27-16. Photo: George Miller/CitizensJournal.us.

 

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Ventura County Fire Dept rescue unit packs up after search/rescue effort, at Kiddie Beach, Channel Islands harbor, Oxnard, 4-27-16. Photo: George Miller/CitizensJournal.us.

 

NOAA Coastal weather forecast

Hazardous marine condition(s):
 Gale Warning

   PZZ600-281030-  800 PM PDT WED APR 27 2016      .SYNOPSIS FOR THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST AND SANTA BARBARA  CHANNEL INCLUDING THE CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY  AND NATIONAL PARK…AT 03Z…OR 8 PM PDT…A 998 MB LOW WAS NEAR  LAS VEGAS…WITH A COLD FRONT EXTENDING SW OFF THE SRN CA COAST.  A RIDGE OF HIGH PRES WILL BUILD OVER THE ERN PAC THROUGH FRI  NIGHT AND THEN GRADUALLY WEAKEN SAT THROUGH SUN. A COLD FRONT IS  EXPECTED TO MOVE E OVER THE ERN PAC WHILE WEAKENING SUN THROUGH  MON.    $$


   PZZ650-281030-  EAST SANTA BARBARA CHANNEL FROM PT. CONCEPTION TO PT. MUGU CA  INCLUDING SANTA CRUZ ISLAND-  800 PM PDT WED APR 27 2016    GALE WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM PDT THURSDAY    TONIGHT  NW WINDS 20 TO 30 KT WITH GUSTS TO 40 KT. COMBINED SEAS  6 TO 8 FT DOMINANT PERIOD 8 SECONDS.  THU  W WINDS 15 TO 25 KT WITH LOCAL GUSTS TO 35 KT. COMBINED SEAS  6 TO 8 FT DOMINANT PERIOD 9 SECONDS…BUILDING TO 7 TO 10 FT  DOMINANT PERIOD 9 SECONDS IN THE AFTERNOON.


George Miller is Publisher of Citizensjournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.

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2 Responses to Boat mishap in high winds outside Channel Islands Harbor

  1. Citizen Reporter April 28, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Bill:

    They think he was out of the boat long before it blew over to the Jetty. Harbor patrol officer thinks boat flipped near the breakwater.

    Reply
  2. William "Bill" Hicks April 28, 2016 at 6:49 am

    A lucky person not being thrown against the jetty.

    Reply

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