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SANTA BARBARA (CBS/AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard and Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol have rescued a family of four — including a 6-month-old baby and a dog — whose sailboat broke free from its moorings amid high waves and strong winds in Santa Barbara.

Coast Guard Rescued Family Outside Of Santa Barbara Harbor

Coast Guard spokesman Adam Eggers said a rescue swimmer was lowered from a helicopter Sunday to the deck of the sailboat to check on the two adults and two children who were aboard. They were transferred safely to a harbor patrol boat and brought ashore.

Winds were gusting at about 40 mph and the sea was swelling as high as eight feet in the area as a storm passed over the Central Coast.

By late Sunday morning rainfall totals across the region ranged from about a half inch to up to 2 inches.

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Comments (4)
  1. Den says:


    1. yeti says:

      8ft and 40 kts winds. Risky boat transfer. All the people involved in this rescue deserve a pat on the back….Good job to all.

  2. Eric says:

    Great job to all! So, what was with Susie’s comment at the close of this segment/story – “the Coast Guard and Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol “staged” the rescue.”?? “Staged” implies this was planned…this certainly didn’t seem planned to me, especially with civilians and children involved! Better choice of words could be made, Susie!

  3. Chris says:

    Wondering why they had to use the chopper to drop a guy… couldn’t a boat have been cheaper and just as safe, since they had to bring the boat up to the side anyway? Maybe it’s precautions.

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