Vol. 17, No. 14 – April 3 – April 16, 2024 – Harbor Patrol Blotter

Tuesday 3/12

10:55am, officers issued Harbor Patrol badge stickers to Moorpark unified school district children for participating in beach cleanup at Harbor Cove.

7:45pm, while on patrol in Rescue B-19, officers contacted several vessels engaged in hoop netting near the breakwall. Warnings were issued for a motorized kayak without navigation lights, not registered. Another vessel with 3 POB’s, requesting contact info because they are having mechanical issues.

Wednes 3/13

1:45pm, dispatched to an aircraft down near Faria Beach. Officers responded in Fireboat with US coast guard and VC sheriff helicopter, but call was false alarm.

Thursday 3/14

6:30pm, dispatched to an assault at VWM D-dock. Officers responded with VFD/AMR and VPD to assist a 52 y/o male with major injuries from a fight with trespassers. The patient refused treatment or transportation to hospital.

Friday 3/15

10:03am, officers placing flowers at the Paul Korber Memorial at Harbor Cove. Today is the anniversary for the Harbor Patrol Officer, who tragically died in an Ocean Rescue in the South Jetty rip current.

Saturday 3/16

4:40pm, dispatched to a capsized kayak, person in the water near the District longdock. Officers responded, assisted victim onto the Fireboat.

Sunday 3/17

11:03am, received a request for a tow of a 34ft sailboat being towed by another. Officers responded in the Fireboat, took over the tow 1mile outside harbor.

4:47pm, dispatched to a boat fire at VWM phase II. Officers responded in the Fireboat, found an older motor vessel with heavy exhaust, no fire.

Tuesday 3/19

7:00am, contacting a nuisance sailboat at the launch ramp. The skipper, “Garth” has far worn out his welcome at most harbors in the area. He was reluctant to leave, officers wrote a citation for failing to obtain permission to secure.

10:03pm, while on patrol, issued written warnings to two fishermen for multiple violations of ordinances and State fishing laws. Contacted the pair hoop netting at the breakwall, terminated their voyage for no lifejackets or flares.

Wednes 3/20

11:44pm, received request for access to marina for Fish & Wildlife warden investigating a fisherman stealing hoop nets at the breakwall, he was arrested.

11:59pm, 2023/24 California spiny lobster season closes till October 2024.

Thursday 3/21

10:30am, officers meeting with Manson Construction discussing the upcoming maintenance dredging of Ventura Harbor. This year Manson will dredge into the harbor and into the keys for first time in years. Also they will dredge the main channel and the sandtrap, hopefully replenishing harbor beaches that have been heavily eroded this last winter by storms and large waves.
Saturday 3/23 11:17am, received report of a transient stealing items from construction site on Anchors Way. Ventura PD was contacted and they investigated the incident.

4:45pm, officers monitoring large commercial vessels returning to port with dangerous entrance conditions and Manson Dredge in the entrance.

Tuesday 3/26

5:30am, observed NWS issued Small Craft Advisory, raised warning pennant.

9:06am, received request for Dredge passing instructions from a boater in the keys. Advised he could contact the dredge by hailing “Mr. Manson” VHF 16/67 for passing instructions from dredge captain.


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