In celebration of Flag Day, Saturday, June 14th, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Halibut, an 87-foot cutter stationed at Marina del Rey, will be open for tours along with a 47-foot “Motor Life Boat” from Station Channel Islands.
The event will also include a planned search-and-rescue demonstration involving a Coast Guard HH-65C “Dolphin” helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station in Los Angeles, as well as rescue boats from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Bay Watch Lifeguards.
The search-and-rescue demonstration is scheduled to begin at noon in Marina del Rey’s main channel, across from the Sheriff’s station.
Boating safety experts from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will also be on hand to inspect life jackets and answer questions. The public is invited to bring their life jackets for inspection.
Children’s life jackets that are found to be in disrepair will be exchanged for a new Coast Guard-approved life jacket (one new life jacket exchanged per family while supplies last). California law requires children under 12 who are riding in a boat 26-feet-long or less to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
Tours will be available starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Halibut mooring, 13871 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey.