Long Beach
Fire Department

Fire Headquarters
3205 Lakewood Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90808
(562) 570-2500
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 03142017
Lifeguards Rescue Fisherman after Vessel Collides with Breakwall
Brian Fisk
Long Beach Fire Dept.

Shortly before 5am this morning, Long Beach Lifeguard rescue boats responded to a distress call for service at the Long Beach breakwater.  An 18 foot fishing vessel with 3 passengers aboard collided with the wall as a result of heavy fog and low visibility.  One rescue boat rescued victims that were clinging to the breakwall; while the other rescue boat implemented emergency dewatering operations for the vessel's hull had sustained damage and was taking on water.  The vessel was then towed to the South Shore Launch Ramp by lifeguard resources.  No injuries occurred nor was there any environmental contamination to Long Beach waters as a result of this incident.