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January 27, 2002
The body of a 51-year-old man was found floating next to his docked sailboat Saturday at Channel Islands Harbor. The man's identity has not been released, and the cause of death was not known, Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Thomas said. Thomas said the man's mother discovered him floating face down in the water next to his boat slip sometime after 4 p.m.
April 6, 2014 | By Tony Perry, This post has been updated. See below for details.
[Updated 9 a.m. PDT: A sick 1-year-old baby aboard a crippled sailboat hundreds of miles at sea off the Mexican coast was transferred to a Navy ship early Sunday, officials said. The frigate Vandegrift arrived on scene around midnight but the transfer of the child was delayed until daylight Sunday morning for safety reasons. ] The Vandegrift has two Navy corpsmen aboard, officials said. Also, four rescue specialists from the California Air National Guard's 129th Rescue Wing had been with the child aboard the family's sailboat since late Thursday.
April 5, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Four rescue specialists from the California Air National Guard remain aboard a disabled sailboat to treat a sick child, the Guard's 129th Rescue Wing said late Saturday afternoon. No decision has been made whether the child will be transferred to a U.S. Navy ship headed toward the boat or evacuated by air to San Diego, a Guard spokesman said. The sailboat is estimated to be more than 1,000 miles off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The effort to help the child has involved the Coast Guard, Air National Guard and Navy.
April 8, 2014 | By Carla Hall
Maybe because I'm not a parent, I don't have a problem with the San Diego couple who decided to set sail across the South Pacific in a 36-foot boat from Mexico with their 1-year-old and 3-year-old daughters in tow. Even though things went seriously wrong. The 1-year-old, who had been treated for salmonella a couple of weeks before the start of the trip (and reportedly was cleared to go on the trip by a doctor), fell ill with a rash and fever. Meanwhile, the boat lost its steering and communication, and the family had to be rescued by a flotilla of personnel: the California Air National Guard, the U.S. Navy and the Coast Guard.
June 3, 2013 | By Lauren Williams
A sailboat carrying 80 to 90 bales of marijuana ran aground in Newport Beach on Monday after the  U.S. Coast Guard  attempted to stop and board it, authorities said. During a routine patrol, a Coast Guard crew spotted a sailboat entering Newport Harbor near Balboa Island and decided to board it for an equipment check, authorities said. As Coast Guard officials approached at 1 a.m., the sailboat veered right and came ashore at Ruby Avenue and South Bayfront. Two men jumped from the boat and ran away, authorities said.
January 13, 2004
John Balzar ("Grasping for Air," Jan. 6) expresses some wonderment at sailboat racing's appeal. As a teenager in the 1930s, racing Snowbirds and Flatties, I was attracted to H.A. Calahan's book "Learning to Race." For him, the appeal of racing is a striving for perfection, the search to duplicate the perfection experienced by each of us in that early flight of the stork, beneath those great wings. Nicely put. I have to take Balzar to task for using "knots per hour." "Knots," by itself, is nautical miles per hour.
April 7, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The sick baby rescued from a crippled sailboat hundreds of miles at sea is in stable condition aboard the frigate Vandegrift, which is set to return to its home port here Wednesday, officials announced Monday afternoon. The 1-year-old girl was suffering from a high fever and a severe rash when her parents made a distress call Thursday to the Coast Guard. By Thursday night, four men from the California Air National Guard trained as paramedics had parachuted into the ocean and were aboard the sailboat.
January 24, 2010 | By Pete Thomas
"We'll go to Starbucks when you get back!" a friend yelled from a yacht full of well-wishers, as it pulled away from Abby Sunderland's sailboat and began the short trip back to port. That might have been the last statement issued to the 16-year-old Thousand Oaks mariner, who, at about noon on a sun-drenched Saturday atop a rolling sea, waved goodbye to family and friends for a final time and began to pursue the horizon by herself. The words seemed to float across the water like a stark reminder of what an otherwise jubilant Marina del Rey send-off was really about.
April 4, 1987
My wife and I found Redondo Beach crowded with young people on their spring break when we went for a walk along the shore on Sunday. As we walked we saw a sailboat get into trouble when the wind and surf drove it aground onto the sand offshore. Los Angeles County lifeguards immediately swam out and took two young girls (about 8 years old) off the boat and then tried to push the boat (about 35 feet long) and her skipper off the sandy bottom. At this point, about 25 young men and one young woman went out to assist.
August 3, 1987
A Coast Guard cutter rendezvoused Sunday with a sailboat found adrift eight days ago in the South Pacific and confirmed there is a body aboard that probably is that of Garden Grove attorney Manning Eldridge, skipper of the long-overdue boat. It probably will be Friday or later before positive identification is made, U. S. Coast Guard spokesman Scott A. Hartvigsen said in Honolulu. Eldridge, 41, had sailed in the yacht, Marara, from Tahiti on a voyage to Hawaii seven months ago.
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