Vol. 13, No. 6 – Dec 18 – Dec 31, 2019 – Harbor Patrol Blotter


2:40am, dispatched to an incident at 1198 Navigator Drive. Officers responded and assisted VWM security with a medical with a local transient.

4:10pm, received a report of a vessel only secured with one line in the keys. Officers responded and secured the vessel to the dock, that was under repair.


9:00am, while manning the operations center, officers observed an unusually high tide of 7ft from the tide measurement stick at the long dock.


12:20pm, dispatched to an unconscious patient in the Harbor Town resort. Officers responded and assisted a 97-year-old male with nausea and shortness of breath. The patient was further assisted by VFD/AMR.

4:50pm, National Weather Service contacted officers and advised of a severe storm cell headed towards Ventura Harbor. A large dark cloud/cell was observed just offshore of the harbor. The cell headed south making landfall over Channel Islands Harbor.


10:45am, received a report of a vessel taking on water, bilge pumps won’t stop pumping. Officers responded in Rescue Boat 17 and found the vessel in VIM. The constant water pumping was a water-cooled heater, not taking on water.

4:56pm, dispatched to a hang glider crash landed into the water. Officers responded in RescueBoat 19 with multiple agencies to investigate. City fire was able to ascertain that all the hang gilders have safely landed on the beach.


2:56am, dispatched to an unresponsive person in the Ventura Marina Community. Officers responded with VFD/AMR and found the patient unresponsive. Life saving efforts including CPR and AED were used to revive the patient. Unfortunately, the patient was pronounced dead by medics later.

2:00pm, received a report of a vessel taking on water in VWM A-dock. Officers responded in Rescue B-17, de-watered a 40ft motor vessel. The source of the leak was discovered and mitigated with assistance from a local diver.


7:10am, while on patrol officers observed large surf, 4-6ft with strong rip currents throughout harbor beaches. Water temp has fallen to 58 degrees.

7:57am, dispatched to a medical in the Ventura Marina Community. Officers responded and assisted Ventura Fire and AMR ambulance with the call.

11:00am, received report of a diesel spill from one of the fishing fleet.


5:20pm, while on patrol in Rescue Boat 17, officers observed several small vessels engaged in hoop netting at the breakwall. Safety inspections were conducted, and all the vessels were found in compliance with equipment.


7:30am, while on patrol in the vehicle, officers met with an organizer of the body surfing competition at South Beach. Organizers were concerned with the hazardous conditions and looking for safety advice.


7:20am, Beach Hazard Assessment: 6-8 ft NorthWest swell with enormous rip currents throughout Harbor Beaches. Officers meeting with body surfing organizers to assess conditions and raise safety concerns and mitigations.

12:00pm, Harbormaster and several officers participating in a “paddle-out” for Ventura City Firefighter at Harbor Cove. The fireboat was used in the ceremony

1:24pm, received a report of a boating accident at Ventura Isle Marina. Officers responded to investigate, minor damage was observed and the owners of the two involved vessels agreed to arrange for repairs amongst themselves.

10:00pm, while on patrol in Rescue Boat 19, officers contacted several fishermen hoop netting near the detached breakwall. They advised the fishermen of an incoming storm cell. Most advised they were heading in.


7:55am, while performing pre-operational checks, officers observed mud and debris flowing out of the Barranca in the keys.

3:15pm, observed an inexperienced body boarder without fins or a wetsuit in Small Craft Advisory conditions at South Beach. Officers made contact with the individual and removed for the dangerous situation.

7:00pm, officers on patrol in Rescue Boat 17 experiencing very rough conditions out side the breakwall. Made contact with a small skiff engaged in hoop netting, attempting to convince the skipper to call it a night, to no avail.


11:30am, officers in Rescue Boat 19 were removing the swim buoys from Harbor Cove for the winter.

2:10pm, received a report of a submerged skiff in the South Basin of the Harbor. Officers responded in Rescue Boat 19, found the hazard, dewatered and towed it back to the patrol dock. The skiff will be destroyed.


2:05pm, officers observed a vessel secured to the District longdock without permission. After a lengthy process, the vessel was removed and left the Harbor


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