Rescue teams aide 45-foot sailboat in Venice after heavy winds break keel

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Rescue teams on Sunday afternoon aided a boat on its side in Venice and quickly afterward had to get to a wayward vessel in Dockweiler State Beach drifting close to the shore, fire officials said.

At about 3 p.m., BayWatch Santa Monica and BayWatch Del Rey were dispatched to a 45-foot sailboat knocked on its side and had its keel broken because of heavy winds, said Brian Hogue, a rescue boat captain with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Four people were on board and the captain at one point fell overboard, but was rescued, Hogue said.

There were no other injuries.

They had gotten as close as 100 feet from the pier, Hogue said.

Immediately after the rescue, BayWatch headed to Dockweiler in Play Del Rey to tie down a 1920s sailboat after its anchor was dislodged by heavy swells that in turn dragged the vessel within 30 yards of the beach, Hogue said.

High surf will continue to batter Southern California’s coast today amid dangerous rip currents and perilous conditions for swimmers, the National Weather Service said.

A high surf advisory issued by the NWS will be in force until 11 p.m. Tuesday along the Los Angeles and Orange county coasts amid a “high” risk of rip currents and surf of between five and eight feet in height, with sets reaching 10 feet along some south-facing beaches. The highest surf is expected to occur around Malibu and Zuma beaches through Tuesday morning.

High Surf Advisory In Force Until Late Tuesday Night

High surf will continue to batter Southern California’s coast today amid dangerous rip currents and perilous conditions for swimmers, the National Weather Service said.

A high surf advisory issued by the NWS will be in force until 11 p.m. Tuesday along the Los Angeles and Orange county coasts amid a “high” risk of rip currents and surf of between five and eight feet in height, with sets reaching 10 feet along some south-facing beaches. The highest surf is expected to occur around Malibu and Zuma beaches through Tuesday morning.

The NWS said the high surf is the result of a long-period swell produced by a storm in the southern hemisphere.

“Very strong rip currents will affect many beaches through Tuesday,” the NWS warned in a statement. “In addition, south-facing harbors and bays across the Channel Islands, including Avalon, Port San Luis, San Simeon, and Cayucos could see significant currents capable of dislodging moored vessels and docks.”

The weather service had a special warning for swimmers.

“Remember, swim near a lifeguard or when in doubt, stay out,” the statement said. “Do not climb on jetties as large waves can sweep you off the rocks easily. Never turn your back to the ocean as sneaker waves can inundate beaches and pull people into the water.”

Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Lifeguard Division

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