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November 5, 2021 -- Santa Monica Pier and Harbor Services Officers (PHSOs) rescued a boater lost in a dense fog near the Venice border Wednesday night.

The officers monitored a “Mayday” call on a marine radio frequency from the owner and solo occupant of the 24’ powerboat in danger of running aground in the surf break at around 7:30 p.m., police said.

The PHSOs established radio communications with the vessel, the U.S. Coast Guard and LA County Lifeguards, said Sgt. Erika Aklufi.

"The dense fog limited visibility to approximately 30 feet, requiring the PHSOs to navigate entirely on instruments."

The PHSOs immediately responded from the Pier aboard the Monica-1, a 30' Seaway Rescue Boat "that carries an array of equipment to mitigate hazards at the pier, near shore, the open ocean, and underwater," Aklufi said.

The vessel is also outfitted with electronic navigational equipment including radar, GPS/Plotter, Depth Finder, and a radio directional finder "to assist in search and rescue missions in limited visibility."

With assistance of officers from the Downtown Services Unit, the PHSOs located the ship near the 3000 block of the beach "almost in the surf zone.

"They escorted the vessel through the persistent heavy fog to the entrance of Marina del Rey where the escort was transferred to the LA County Lifeguard Baywatch boat and safely returned inside of the marina," Aklufi said.

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