PWC rescue by off-duty Auxiliary boat crew

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Off-duty USCG Auxiliary members Kevin Byrne and Mike Page. Photo by Auxiliarist David Copenhaver.

Oceanside, CASetting out for a recreational voyage Auxiliarists Mike Page and Kevin Byrne sprung into action saving stranded personal watercraft (PWC) operators from being swept into the North Jetty of Oceanside Harbor.  With swells running up to three feet at the mouth of the harbor, the off-duty Auxiliary boat crew noticed two PWCs in trouble within forty feet of the jetty.  Both PWCs appeared to have broken down and their operators were struggling to “swim the vessels” back into the harbor, fighting against the swells and an outgoing tide.

Pacific Ocean swells crash into the Oceanside jetty. Photo by Auxiliarist David Copenhaver.

Acting quickly, their Auxiliary training allowed them to assess the situation and take appropriate action. With due respect for the safety of themselves and their vessel, the Auxiliary crew took both PWCs in tow and safely navigated them and their overwhelmed operators to the safety of the boat launch inside the harbor.

With ocean swells crashing into the jetty, the PWC operators were in grave danger and without the quick response of the Auxiliary crew the result could have been catastrophic.

Upon successfully completing the rescue, the Auxiliarists noted that one PWC had broken down and the other ran out of fuel attempting to tow the other to safety.  Neither PWC operator was wearing a lifejacket or carried other safety or communications gear.

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  1. Mic Flynn says:

    Nice Job.

  2. Mike Musso says:

    Great going you two…you’ve made us all proud.
    Good work Kevin and you two Mike.


  3. jack cranford says:

    Again we read that the PWC operators had no life jackets and no gear for self rescue. Admirable onetried to tow the other in but exhausted his fuel supply. ?? Reserve also?? Good going Aux Semper Paratus

  4. DesaRae Janszen says:

    An excellent response by two great Auxiliarists!

  5. Pat Muraglia says:

    Bravo Zulu Kevin and Mike. Makes one proud to be an Auxiliarist.

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