Vol. 13, No. 17 – May 20 – June 2, 2020 – Harbor Patrol Blotter


10:15am, while on patrol in Fireboat 1, officers observed a thick fog bank move in. The fog signal was activated, and a vessel was escorted from the Ventura Pier back to the Ventura Harbor entrance.


8:18pm, received a report of a vessel in distress at the breakwall. Officers responded in Rescue Boat 19, found the 19ft lake-type vessel on the rocks. The vessel was towed then escorted to the launch ramp safely.


8:45am, dispatched to an overdose/poisoning at Ventura West Marina. Officers responded with VFD/AMR/VPD. Patient transported to local hospital.


9:03am, received a report of an injured sealion, a line around its neck on the NPS docks. Officers investigated with CIMWI (channel islands marine wildlife institute). The mammal was located and it was determined that it was healthy and could still hunt so no action taken at this time.


6:15pm, received a report of a large group of juveniles partying on the beach near Surfers Knoll groin and disturbing the peace. Officers responded, found the group and advised not only not social distancing, but not actively moving. Individuals advising they were displaying their right to protest, advised we could display our responsibility to enforce with citations. They reluctantly left the area.


11:55pm, received report of the bottom trawler Sea Dragon activated their Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon (EPRIB) near Ventura Harbor from the US coast guard. Officer’s responded in the vehicle to search Beaches South of the Harbor. The vessel was discovered aground at Surfers Knoll with 2 POB’s. Multiple agencies responded, rescued the pair and TowBoat US was on scene to begin the salvage operation of the fishing vessel.


2:10am, received a report of an intoxicated individual operating suspiciously around VWM D-dock. Officers responded and found the individual detained by security at the dock. After an investigation, the vessel was lacking sufficient safety equipment and the individual was intoxicated. His boat was secured at the dock and he was escorted to his vessel on VWM C-dock.

3:25am, dispatched to a water rescue, suicidal victim who ran into the ocean near San Pedro. Officers responded in Rescue Boat 19 along with VPD, AMR and VFD. Upon arrival, the patient was found in shallow water screaming and crying. The patient was convinced by VFD rescue swimmer to head in and received treatment for hypothermia and was transported to local hospital.

1:50pm, received a report of a sailboat on the rocks of the Portside development. Officers responded with vessel assist to observe and escort the vessel off rocks.


7:30am, officers observed a sick cormorant on the beach near Surfers Knoll. Officers assisted bird rescue with the injured animal. It was captured and will be nurtured back to health. No significant issues observed, just cold and wet.

7:59pm, dispatched to an ocean rescue at Ventura Pier. Officers responded in Rescue boat 19 and assisted State Parks and Ventura fire. No injuries reported.


8:25am, while on patrol officers were searching for any debris left over from the fishing vessel Sea Dragon, that went aground five days prior. A few debris were observed and passed on to the salvage company in charge or removal.

8:05pm, receiving several inquiries about the bioluminescence event, specifically when does it start. Officers advised the red tide has receded and that when there is red tide it is usually in low visibility, such as darkness.



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