Coast Guard rescues 19 migrants off the Redondo Beach coast

Nineteen migrants stranded in a disabled boat off the coast of Redondo Beach were rescued by Coast Guards on Saturday.

No injuries were reported.

The rescue began at 9:10 a.m. when Los Angeles County Coast Guard officials received a call about a boat that was not moving and appeared to be in distress, Petty Officer Richard Brahm said.

Coast Guard rescue coordinators dispatched a boat rescue team from the agency on Terminal Island and helicopter crews from Point Mugu and San Diego. They also diverted one of the agency’s larger vessels — the Coast Guard Schneider Blackfin – to help with the search.

Two other boats were provided by Los Angeles County Baywatch Marina Del Rey and Baywatch Redondo Beach.

The San Diego helicopter crew were the first to spot the disabled boat 18 miles west of Redondo Beach and radioed the position to the smaller lifeboat, Brahm said. With the help of Baywatch Redondo, the Coast Guard’s small rescue team got everyone on board the wrecked boat to safety. The wrecked boat was towed to Terminal Island by the Coast Guard cutter Blackfin.

The 19 people were taken to the Coast Guard base where Customs and Border Protection agents will process them. The disabled boat was impounded by Air and Marine Operations.

“After ensuring the safety of everyone involved, he moved on to enforce the country’s immigration laws,” Capt. Ryan Manning, the commanding officer of the Los Angeles-Long Beach Coast Guard Sector, said in a statement.

The Coast Guard said there were men and women on the boat but did not release information on the migrants’ country of origin.

Brahm said it’s not uncommon for the Coast Guard to find boats resembling the wrecked ship washing up on the Southern California coast, but said these incidents usually happen closer to San Diego.

“They don’t usually make it that far north,” he said. Coast Guard rescues 19 migrants off the Redondo Beach coast

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