Body Glove co-founder, waterman legend Bob Meistrell dies on Catalina Island

Kevin Cody
EasyReader
June 16, 2013

Bob Meistrell aboard the Disappearance at the start of the 2011 Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race. Photo by Greg Browning

Bob Meistrell, nephew Billy, grandnephew Daley and grandniece Jenna awoke at 4:30 a.m. Father’s Day morning aboard Meistrell’s 70-foot, twin diesel boat Disappearance. That morning, Disappearance was to be the lead boat in the Rock 2 Rock Paddleboard race from Two Harbors on Catalina Island to Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro. Over the nearly three decades Meistrell had owned Disappearance, he had volunteered to drive the lead boat in countless paddleboard races.

Daly was competing in the Rock 2 Rock.

Two hours after rising and just minutes after the start of the race, Meistrell suffered a fatal heart attack.

“My uncle was always in a good mood, but looking back on Father’s Day morning, he seemed in a really good mood. It’s weird,” Billy Meistrell said.

Meistrell had used the occasion of the race and the fact that Daley’s birthday was Friday, to call a family gathering on the island at Cherry Cove, two coves west of Two Harbors, where Meistrell had had a mooring for decades.

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A look below the surface- Scuba Diving in the South bay

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Chelsea Sektnan
May 8, 2013
Dive N’ Surf students make their first ocean off of Veteran’s Park in Redondo Beach. Photo by Chelsea Sektnan: Jim Caldwell Redondo Beach

Dive N’ Surf students make their first ocean off of Veteran’s Park in Redondo Beach. Photo by Chelsea Sektnan

“This area’s great for new divers,” local diver Christian Vonstentzsch said of the South Bay. “It’s great for training, there’s both shallow and deep as well as a ton of sea life. It’s a diverse area.”

Dive N’ Surf student Kim Merritt, of Redondo Beach, made her first ocean dive off the beach at Veteran’s Park in Redondo Beach.

“I felt secure,” she said. “There weren’t a whole lot of factors to manage.”

Merritt along with friends Ashley Carnes, Rob Spencer and Jeff Trueman, dove to 30 feet.

“I was worried about becoming anxious but I didn’t feel it,” Carnes said. “It really opens up this whole other world.”

Her group saw ghost shrimp, halibut and other marine life.

“The biodiversity is probably the best part of local diving,” said Dive N’ Surf dive master Robert Prieto. He said that the Santa Monica Bay offers kelp diving as well as rocky reef, straight beach and sand diving.

A favorite dive for experienced divers is Cable Car Reef, a reef made from a streetcar, 14 automobiles and 330 tons of quarry rock that were dumped in 60 feet of water a few hundred yards off the Hermosa Beach pier in 1960. Other popular dive spots include the old Redondo fishing barge, a sunken ferry boat and the 441-foot USS Palawan Liberty Ship, which that was purposely sunk off Torrance Beach in 1977. The Palos Verdes Peninsula also offers spectacular diving options just off the beach.

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Whale Breaches off Redondo & Palos Verdes

A rare breach is caught off the coast of Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes Peninsula, January 2013.  With tons of krill and other appetizing meals around, the whales and dolphins have been in abundance the last couple of weeks.  Thanks Chris from B0atinglist.com

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Double Rainbow off the coast of Redondo Beach

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Jim Caldwell Redondo Beach Double Rainbow

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Boat caught in middle of dolphin stampede off Dana Point

It was a rare, breathtaking sight: In a flash, a pod of about 1,000 common dolphins began a stampede, churning across the blue-gray waters off Dana Point at a rapid pace.

Dave Anderson, the captain of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari, said that in the decades he’s spent on the water and out among Southern California’s dense dolphin population, it’s a phenomenon he’s encountered only rarely.

Yet last weekend, it happened again … and it happened twice: once on Saturday afternoon and again on Sunday morning. Boat hands captured  Sunday’s stampede on video.

“It’s one of those things you can hope for it, but you can’t plan for it,” he said.

“It’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot of beautiful and interesting things” on the water.

He described the sensation like being in the midst of a herd of wild horses. The dash began in an instant, he said. At some points the dolphins reached speeds of more than 25 mph, outpacing his boat.

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Allen family matriarch dies at age 90

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Henriette “Etty” Allen, the widow of famed NFL coach George H. Allen and mother of Virginia politician George F. Allen, died of natural causes on Jan. 2 at her Palos Verdes Estates home, reported the Washington Post. She was 89.

Etty was the daughter of Eujenie and Felix Lumbroso. Her father, Felix, was a Jewish wine importer in Tunis. He was imprisoned during the Nazi occupation of Tunis during World War II.

After the war, Etty immigrated to the United States, initially living in Sioux City, Iowa. There she met and married George Allen, who was the head football coach at Morningside College, the Post said. Her husband knew of her Jewish heritage, but the couple decided to keep it a secret.

“I just didn’t want anyone to know,” she told the Post in 2006.   The family secret was exposed during her son’s bid for re-election to U.S. Senate. The subject of Etty’s heritage came forward during a debate in Virginia, the Post reported. Sen. George F. Allen (R) denied his mother’s Jewish heritage during the debate, but later revealed he had learned the truth weeks before the debate but promised his mother he wouldn’t say anything.

George F. Allen lost his senatorial seat to Democrat Jim Webb.

Etty told the Post in 2006 that she wanted to protect her children from the fear she felt growing up Jewish in her Nazi-occupied homeland.

“What they put my father through,” she said. “I didn’t want my children to have to go through that fear all the time.”

She also told the Post she wanted to protect her husband’s coaching career. George H. Allen coached football for four decades, the Post said, earning a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

George H. Allen, who passed away in 1990, coached the Los Angeles Rams before his controversial firing in the late 1960s. Allen, the most successful coach in Rams’ history, went on to coach the Washington Redskins.

Etty and George’s son, Bruce, is currently the general manager of the Redskins.

Allen is survived by her four children: George F., Bruce, Greg and Jennifer. Greg is a psychologist in Palos Verdes Estates and founder of the nonprofit Freedom4U. Jennifer, a writer and former reporter for the NFL Network, also lives in Palos Verdes.

The Allen family will have a private funeral service for Etty.

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25 suspected illegal immigrants detained, panga intercepted off Rancho Palos Verdes

Sandy Mazza
12/10/2012

Federal authorities intercepted a panga carrying two dozen occupants Monday morning as the small boat approached the Rancho Palos Verdes coastline.

U.S. Border Patrol agents began watching the boat carrying 19 men and six women about 5 a.m. after suspecting it was involved in a smuggling operation, said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Authorities arrested those aboard after they landed near Abalone Cove and came ashore shortly about 8 a.m.

In addition to ICE, the U.S. Coast Guard and several state and local law enforcement agencies are assisting in the investigation.

Some passengers cried as they were photographed and interviewed by Department of Homeland Security investigators. Most were dressed casually in sweatshirts and jeans.

“The 25 individuals are being interviewed by (Homeland Security) investigators to develop further evidence related to the smuggling attempt and identify any suspects who were complicit in the scheme,” Kice said.

“Those subjects who are not held for possible criminal prosecution will be remanded to the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol to be processed and repatriated.”

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Redondo Coast Guard officer honored at funeral

Josh Grossberg
December 10, 2012
Redondo Beach Coast Gaurd dead, Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne, Panga Boat, Drugs Redondo Beach, Jim Caldwell

Officials salute during the presentation of colors at the memorial ceremony for Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III on Saturday afternoon. Horne, the Executive Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut, died Sunday from injuries sustained while conducting maritime law enforcement operations off the California coast. (Photo by Brittany Murray)

He was a loving husband, a devoted father, a caring mentor.

U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III was a lot of things to a lot of people.

On Saturday, hundreds of family, friends and military personnel attended a memorial service for Horne, a 34-year-old Redondo Beach resident who was killed Dec. 2 while trying to inspect a motor-driven fishing boat running with no lights on.

“My crew and I are going to miss him more than words can express,” said Lt. Stewart Sibert, the skipper of the Cutter Halibut, the ship Horne was on when it was rammed by the panga. “I truly believe the word is a dimmer place without him. I can’t imagine my time on the Halibut without him.”

Several Coast Guard vessels idled in the water off the San Pedro Coast Guard facility where the ceremony took place under a gray sky. Joining the speakers at the private service were Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp.

Sitting in the front row was Horne’s pregnant wife, Rachel, and his two sons, Kade and Miller.

The Rev. Dave Carpenter – who is Rachel Horne’s cousin – told the family that they would not be alone in their mourning. And he reminded them that their pain was to be expected.

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Killer Whale Bumps Boat off Peninsula

ThePatch.com
Nicole Mooradian
Dec 3, 2012

Whale-watchers aboard the Christopher out of Long Beach’s Harbor Breeze Cruises get a surprise Sunday.

A pod of orcas spotted preying on common dolphin and a sea lion off the Palos Verdes Peninsula gave whale-watchers aboard the Christopher a surprise Sunday when one of them bumped the boat.

“The whales appeared to ‘greet’ us: all of them came over to our boat, and under us,” wrote Alisa Schulman-Janiger, who was aboard the Christopher at the time, on the American Cetacean Society – Los Angeles Chapter Facebook page. “The large male actually rushed to our boat, suddenly stopped … turned on his side, and lightly contacted the boat—with his dorsal fin partly inside the boat!”

Janiger runs the California Killer Whale Project, which catalogs individual orcas based on their distinct markings.

The four orcas were part of the CA51 matriline. The group included a mother (CA51), her two sons and CA51’s female calf, nicknamed “Comet,” Janiger wrote.

“We were all beside ourselves; the guys on the boat were yelling,” Janiger told Pete Thomas of Pete Thomas Outdoors. “We couldn’t believe what was happening.”

Video at ThePatch.

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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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