Coast Guardsman Dead After Panga Rams Boat

Nicole Mooradian
Dec 2, 2012

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III, a Redondo Beach resident, was pronounced dead at Port Hueneme.

A U.S. Coast Guardsman identified as a Redondo Beach resident died early Sunday morning of injuries sustained when a panga boat rammed the boat he was on.

Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III, 34, was declared dead at about 2:21 a.m., said Chief Deputy Medical Examiner James Baroni of the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our shipmate,” said Admiral Robert J. Papp, Coast Guard commandant. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends, and his shipmates aboard Coast Guard Cutter Halibut. Our fallen shipmate stood the watch on the front lines protecting our nation and we are all indebted to him for his service and sacrifice.”

Two vessels used by suspected drug smugglers sit at the docks of Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach. The Coast Guard apprehended eight people and recovered nearly 2,000 pounds of marijuana during two separate interdictions northwest of Catalina Island, Jim Caldwell Redondo Beach

Two vessels used by suspected drug smugglers sit at the docks of Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach. The Coast Guard apprehended eight people and recovered nearly 2,000 pounds of marijuana during two separate interdictions northwest of Catalina Island, Calif. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.

Horne was aboard the Marina del Rey-based Halibut when the crew was investigating the suspected smuggling boat near Santa Cruz Island, one o f a cluster of three Channel Islands off the Ventura County coast, about 30 miles west of Malibu, according to Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Seth Johnson. The vessel was initially spotted by a Coast Guard aircraft.

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he 45-foot Response-Boat Medium is a new asset at Station Los Angeles and was delivered in March 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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Or at the Coast Guard Compass blog.

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Jim Caldwell
Redondo Beach
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About jw60sea

Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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