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Coast Guard rescues two boaters near Morro Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two boaters caught in rough weather about 31 miles off the Morro Bay coast Monday night.

The Coast Guard said watchstanders at Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach command center received a distress call from the operator of “Snafu”, a 24-foot vessel, at 9:15 p.m. to report the boat was experiencing trouble due to bad weather and a fouled mast.

Watchstanders launched a Motor Life Boat from the Morro Bay Station to assist with the distressed call but the boatcrew determined the weather was too dangerous to safely tow “Snafu” back into the harbor.

A safety patrol and radio communications to monitor the status of “Snafu” were established by Coast Guard watchstanders in Los Angeles-Long Beach.

The Coast Guard launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Point Mugu Tuesday morning which hoisted the two mariners who were found unharmed.

The two individuals were taken to San Luis Obispo Airport where medical personnel was waiting to render aid.

The Coast Guard urges mariners to always:

Stay Informed – The public should be aware of weather conditions and monitor the progress and strength of currents through local television, radio and internet. Check the current and expected weather and water conditions before heading out, and be aware that weather conditions can quickly change. Wear life jackets while on the water. Always have a working marine-band radio on board. Carry marine flares on board the vessel. Ensure bilge pumps are operational and vessels are secure for heavy winds and rain.

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