SAN FRANCISCO — Authorities say there is an outstanding arrest warrant for a missing captain who may have abandoned his fishing boat when it got stranded off a popular San Francisco beach.
Santa Clara County sheriff’s Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup said Tuesday that a $75,000 arrest warrant was issued for Timothy Lybrand of Santa Cruz when he failed to appear in court in 2012 after an arrest on drug possession charges in 2010.
The Coast Guard called off its hours-long search for Lybrand on Monday after scouring an area around San Francisco’s Ocean Beach where the 40-foot vessel ran aground.
Officials on Tuesday determined that Lybrand may be out to sea or has safely made it to shore and has not contacted anyone about his whereabouts.
The USCG started its search for Lybrand on Monday morning after receiving a call about a distressed vessel.
“Coast Guard personnel received notification from a good Samaritan that the fishing vessel Paloma was aground at Ocean Beach near Seal Rock in San Francisco, with one possible person onboard, Timothy Lybrand,” according to the USCG.
Rough conditions made it difficult for crews to enter the vessel on Monday. The USCG returned today and were able to go below deck but did not find Lybrand.
Before his disappearance, Lybrand alerted the captain of the other boat that he was 25 yards from shore and would try to swim the distance. It is unclear if Lybrand was wearing a live vest.
Crews will now focus on salvaging the capsized boat and assess the environmental damage.
Mobile App users click here to view the video
(Copyright 2014, KRON 4 and Associated Press, All rights reserved.)