The Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast to inform mariners about the case. A commercial tug, the Robyn J, located the Lucky Dog with its engine engaged at 6:26 a.m., Tuesday, approximately 10 miles northwest of La Jolla.
A Coast Guard Station San Diego 45-foot Response Boat crew was dispatched to the vessel. The Station crew came alongside the Lucky Dog and was able to board the boat and stop the engine.
The Coast Guard boat crew towed the Lucky Dog toward Oceanside and transferred the tow to Oceanside Harbor Police at 9:55 a.m. The Harbor Police towed the vessel to Del Mar Boat Basin.
Coast Guard crews searched continuously since the initial notification and throughout the night.
As of 12:30 p.m., two Jayhawk helicopter crews, the 45-foot boat crew, and the Coast Guard Cutter Edisto are searching.
A Customs and Border Protection Multi-role Enforcement Aircraft also joined the search, and the Oceanside Harbor Police conducted both maritime and shoreline searches.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles is scheduled to relieve one of the Jayhawk helicopters, and the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Otter is also preparing to get underway to assist in the search for the missing man.
–U.S. Coast Guard