Coast Guard finds 3 people and tows their disabled boat to Southern California beach



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LONG BEACH, California — The U.S. Coast Guard in Southern California has found three people who spent the night on the Pacific Ocean stranded on their 17-foot pleasure craft after the engine died on the way from Catalina Island to Rancho Palos Verdes.

Lt. Michael Turanitza (tur-ah-NEET'-zah) says the two women and a man were found aboard the disabled boat about 11 miles from Catalina on Monday morning. The Coast Guard got a 911 call from the boaters after 8 p.m. Sunday saying the engine died, but their phone battery died during the call.

Turanitza says everyone is fine and the boat is being towed to Cabrillo Beach.

He says the boat didn't have flares, a radio or a global positioning system.

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