6 people rescued after boat ran aground off the coast of Catalina Island
Six people were rescued on the south side of Catalina Island after their boat ran aground near Catalina harbor on Saturday morning, November 30, authorities said.
Rescuers from the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to the ship, a 43-foot trawler, around 6:30 a.m., expedition supervisor Ed Pickett said.
The boat was located about two miles southeast of Catalina Harbor on the south side of the island. The US Coast Guard responded as well, Pickett said.
Six people were found on the rocks near the ship. Four of them were helped to board a rescue boat while two were airlifted to the hyperbaric chamber at USC Catalina in the north of the island for immediate medical treatment, Pickett said.
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All six were then reunited at the facility, located about two miles east of Two Harbors and 25 miles northwest of Avalon, Pickett said.
It was not known exactly how the boat ran aground, but Pickett said the injuries were not due to a diving incident.