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.”
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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