Coast Guard Investigates Collision

Monday, October 06, 2008

Coast Guard investigators continue to look into the circumstances of a collision that investigators believe occurred around just after midnight on Oct. 2 near the

After a large debris field was reported, the Coast Guard opened a marine casualty investigation.  Since the initial report, investigators have been on the water and around the port complex gathering evidence about the collision.

The Coast Guard investigative effort suggests that the 26-ft. pleasure craft, registered to two individuals, one of whom being Henry Sanchez of Santa Ana, Calif., may have collided with the barge Islander, which was being towed by the tug Rebel II.  Investigators believed the incident occurred approximately five miles south of the . 

The Coast Guard's investigation continues with inter-agency support from the Los Angeles Port Police and Los Angeles Sherriff's department.  Dive  and sonar equipment were used at the scene of the debris field earlier this afternoon. Dive operation will commence in the morning and as weather allows.

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