Body found in ocean off Santa Barbara beach

November 28, 2023


After tow boat captains discovered an unoccupied boat in the ocean, search crews found a deceased man in the water off of Leadbetter Beach in Santa Barbara early Sunday morning.

TowBoatUS Ventura captains had been responding to a separate call for service at about 1:30 a.m. The captains then discovered a sailboat with its lights on and sails up, but no one on board.

The tow boat captains then alerted the Coast Guard that a person may have gone overboard. 

Crews launched a search for the missing boater. After searching for nearly two and a half hours, Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol personnel found a man’s body in the water.

Authorities have yet to release the man’s identity. An investigation into the death is ongoing.

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