REDONDO BEACH >> The U.S. Coast Guard launched a search operation Saturday after receiving reports that an aircraft had possibly gone down in the Pacific Ocean near Redondo Beach, authorities said.
Coast Guard officials based in the USCG’s Los Angeles-Long Beach Sector received a distress call from an aircraft’s emergency location transmitter beacon about 11:45 a.m., USCG officials said in a written statement. The possible emergency was believed to have occurred about two miles north of the Redondo Beach Harbor.
“Shortly after the initial notification, several witnesses reported seeing an oil sheen on the surface of the water near the Redondo Beach Harbor entrance,” according to the statement.
A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and a 45-foot rescue boat began searching the area, with help from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Baywatch Redondo Beach. No crash site had been located Saturday afternoon.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the USCG at 310-521-3805.