August 14, 1990 |
Eric Jones and two friends were not in a good mood Sunday night as they prepared to end a weekend fishing trip off the coast of Mexico. Their quarry, Mako sharks, had eluded them all day. But nine hours later--after their fishing boat had capsized and the three men were forced to swim 8 to 10 miles through dark, frigid waters--they were counting their blessings. Jones, 47, of Fallbrook, suffered hypothermia and shock.
August 1, 1990 |
Coast Guard officials Tuesday were investigating an accident in which the venerable schooner Diosa Del Mar--believed to be one of the oldest registered vessels in California--broke up and sank on a reef off Catalina Island during an annual firefighter's race. The captain and all 12 passengers, reported to be members of Southland fire departments, were plucked unharmed from the sea by rescue boats that converged on the scene moments after the Monday afternoon incident.
July 31, 1990
A dozen Anaheim firefighters were pulled from the ocean off Santa Catalina Island on Monday afternoon when a 67-foot schooner ran aground on a hidden reef during a race from Long Beach, the Coast Guard said. The Diosa del Mar was sailing in an annual firefighters' race with scores of other craft when it struck the reef at 2:45 p.m. and partially sank on Ship Rock about a mile offshore, forcing those aboard into the ocean.
May 30, 1988 |
Gale-force winds on Sunday whipped up rough seas that left two boaters lost and presumed dead, swept a West Covina couple from another craft, closed Avalon Harbor on Santa Catalina Island to sailboats and washed away most of what remained of a burned-out section of the Redondo Beach Municipal Pier. Firefighters were kept busy battling wind-fanned brush fires in Carson and Griffith Park, and the winds were blamed for keeping holiday beach crowds unusually light.
December 18, 1987 |
Bobbing in the chilly ocean, huddled against towering whitecaps, cutting winds and spilled fuel from their capsized boat, nine sea-urchin divers spent Tuesday night promising themselves that morning would bring rescue. When Wednesday dawned and no one came, their spirits crumbled. One by one, three members of the crew of the San Pedro-based Explorador surrendered to the stormy sea, slipping beneath the waves as their friends, too weak to help, watched.