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Rescue at Sea

Off Long Beach
Feb. 18, 2006

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We took the water taxi from Shoreline Village, near the Queen Mary back to Alamitos Bay. About halfway there, the boat slowed down and made its way towards one of the oil-derrick islands. Bobbing in the water, clinging to a swamped aluminum canoe, were two bewildered would-be fisherman, their paddles and cushions floating away from them. What happened, our skipper asked as we approached and began to fish them out. They weren't really sure. How long had they been in the water? They didn't know. We helped them aboard (our part, it turned out, was staying out of the way) then handed them over to Harbor Patrol and continued on our way.