On August 11, 2016 at about 1:35 p.m. the Sheriff's Office received a call reporting a boat in distress with four subjects possibly in the water near the South Jetty.
The Sheriff's Office, Cal-Fire, and the Coast Guard all responded to the scene. Three subjects were rescued from the water suffering from minor injuries and hypothermia. One subject was recovered and pronounced deceased at the scene.
The deceased person has been positively identified as Gary Floyd Abena, age 66 from Garberville, California.