Isla Vista Ocean Rescue: Students Made Boat From Buckets
Two sailors with a dubious nautical sense were rescued from the ocean near Isla Vista early Saturday aboard their homemade boat built from buckets and children’s pools, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
It was one of two water rescues on Saturday morning.
The male non-engineering students, who are in their early 20s, made a makeshift boat from 20 Home Depot buckets, two plastic children’s pools, plywood and duct tape, the spokesperson said. firefighter Mike Eliason.
The pair set sail near Camino Del Sur and Del Playa Drive in Isla Vista.
They had a paddle, but were running out of wetsuits for the ocean trip where the sea was calm but the water temperature was around 55 degrees, Eliason said.
“The tide kept pushing them farther and farther from shore about 300 yards before County Fire was summoned,” Eliason said.
Notified at around 2 a.m., county firefighters dispatched members of the Isla Vista water rescue team. Two personal watercraft were also launched near UCSB Campus Point.
Firefighters contacted the rebel sailors about 30 minutes later and brought the couple safely ashore without any injuries.
“The two young sailors who built their own boat were very lucky that someone saw them, that they were at sea and that they informed the authorities, because they could not return to shore in their boat made of plastic buckets. and children’s pools, ”Eliason added.
Alcohol was not a factor in poor boating decisions, firefighters said.
In a second early morning water rescue, a man in his 60s was fortunate enough to be alive after being stranded under the pier at Goleta Beach, Eliason said.
Firefighters intervened shortly before 4 a.m. to the pier, where the man was trapped between two of the wooden piles. He was stuck near the boat lift, about three-quarters of the way down the 1,500-foot-long jetty.
The man said he called for help for several hours before being discovered by people aboard a boat carrying workers from an offshore oil rig.
He was brought to shore within 20 minutes and assessed by firefighters and paramedics before being transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital via a US medical response ambulance for treatment of hypothermia, Eliason said. .