Two Arroyo Grande men found dead at sea

July 3, 2019

Two Arroyo Grande men were found dead on a boat offshore of southern Santa Barbara County on Sunday evening. [Cal Coast Times]

On Saturday, Christopher Avila, 49, and Gary Bishop, 53, attempted to transport Bishop’s 34-foot Sea Ray Sundowner from the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard to Port San Luis Obispo. After the men failed to arrive home, family members reported them missing on Sunday morning.

At about 8 p.m., a Coast Guard air crew located the boat about 20 miles southwest of the Santa Barbara Harbor. Rescue personnel were lowered onto the vessel where it was discovered that the two men on board were deceased.

There does not appear to be evidence of foul play, according to the sheriff’s office. An investigation is ongoing, and will include toxicology tests.

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Having a brew and a bowl for you two right now….we need answers….

Sounds like carbon monoxide. Its not uncommon on boats.

Thank you.

Knew them personally.Chris was a good friend of mine and will be missed.As we would say to one another “Stay Golden” My Big Brother

Your brother

Little Chris

Sadly, this seems like a case of Drug Overdose.

Truly NOT a good idea to speculate in such an adverse and impugning way.

Sounds like a CO leak.