The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help in locating the owner of a capsized boat that was recovered about 100 yards off the Santa Monica Pier Saturday night, January 17th.
The 18-foot Boston Whaler, formerly owned by a Boy Scouts of America troop in Van Nuys, was found overturned at about 9 p.m. by the Santa Monica Harbor Patrol, said Coast Guard spokesman Anthony Turner.
The Boy Scouts told the Coast Guard that they are no longer the owner and have no information as to the current owner of the boat, which bears the registration number CF 4538EA, Turner said.
“Someone out there owns the boat and someone out there knows who owns the boat,” said Capt. John Caplis, deputy commander for Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach.
The Coast Guard searched approximately 37 square miles of ocean near the pier following the boat’s discovery but suspended the search Monday morning, January 18th, after receiving no reports of missing persons, Turner said. Los Angeles County Fire Department lifeguards and the Santa Monica Harbor Patrol assisted in the search efforts.
“We have no credible information that anyone was on board,” he said.
Search-and-rescue personnel found no personal effects or floating debris near the boat. The boat was recovered and towed to Marina del Rey.
The Coast Guard reminds vessel owners that it is important to properly register vessels when transferring ownership.
Anyone with additional information on the boat is asked to call Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach Command Center at (310) 521-3815.