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In what should have been a reduction of the gene pool-

Last night a man on a PWC tried to cross the 32 mile channel from Catalina, solo, in the late afternoon.

Visibility was not sufficient to navigate by sight and the rider did not know how to navigate. The rider steered 60 degrees too far to starboard, southeast, and as the sun sank quickly in the west, spent the last of his fuel running to the only thing he could see; 2 ships 25 miles offshore.

Fortunately for Mr.Jet-ski, the tanker was involved in a fleet re-fueling evolution and as such was steaming NW at a slow bell. The crew tethered the jetski alongside and took the rider on board until a resource arrived to take the jetski and rider back to port.
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The last time a PWC rider got lost on a solo channel crossing attempt, the rider 'amazingly' cell phoned the CoastGuard and claimed he was out of gas five miles off the mainland, which he could see, on a return course from Catalina. I say "amazingly" because as the sun set, a search of the area sea proved he was not in the area he thought he was in.

The exhausted helo returned to base, and 2 more units, one with FLIR were launched, as well as 2 CG surface units.

I said it was 'amazing' that the jet-skier cell-phoned because he was found, 12 hours later, over 30 miles offshore, south of where he thought he was. (He did, in the clear fall conditions, see a coastal mountain top from that distance). Lucky for him conditions were warm, flat, and glassy that night.

He was presented with an invoice for the SAR effort in the amount of $165,000.00.

Whether he paid or not, I know not.

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