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Friday, June 7, 2002 The CATALINA ISLANDER Page 5 Every once in a while our dally lives are punctuated by some unexpected sidelight that inter- jects some form of humorous dis- traction into the mundane rituals of dally existence. Such a distraction took place early Saturday morning for the crew of the Two Harbors Harbor Department. On arriving for the early morn- ing shift (7:00 a.m.), the" crew of Bruce Glass, Rob Hafer, Doug Oudin, Skip Davis and Doug Mil- lard looked out over the harbor and wondered who it was at the helm of Harbor Patrol Unit #5. AVA L O N T H E AT 1@2 NOW SHOWING New crew After counting heads and real- izing that all were accounted for, including graveyard patrol Mark Woolery, the crew assumed that it must be one of the other patrol- men on board, presumably for good reason. "Looks from here like it might be Steve Mer- cadante" offered one of the staff. Upon gathering the binoculars and seeing who it was on board, Assistant Harbormaster Doug Millard broke into uncontrollable laughter and passed the binoculars around. To the surprise of all, the patrolman at the helm turned out to be "Sunny the Seal." appearing to get ready to go about his daily routine. A mature sea lion, looking very much like a patrolman from the office window, had climbed up onto the console of the boat, and to all appearances looked like he was ready to drive off on his appointed rounds. After snapping off a few quick photos, the harbor crew chased off the eager sea lion and went about their dally chores. Other activities at Two Har- bors during the week were some- what less unorthodox. Following the busy Memorial Day holiday, the anticipated slowdown settled in. After a weekend of about 1,200 boats, the ensuing weekend "crowds" dwindled to about 150 boats. Among those were the Club Nautique cruise into the Isthmus, and Port Royal Marina from Redondo Beach into Cherry Cove. Both groups had their pick of choice moorings in both areas, and for the most part had the coves nearly to themselves. Music fun "as' y gige. - Good buddy John Phelps---he of Avalon and Two Harbors fame--promised the group they could come back anytime---espe- Live entertainment was avail- cially when they play non-gratis. able for those who visited Two Isle spotlight Harbors, compliments of the Sil- ver Strand Bluegrass Band. This Lights, camera, action! Sets, fivesome of fun-lovin' musicians equipment, and accommodations traveled to the Island from Chan- for a television special arrived at nel Islands Harbor aboard the the West End over the weekend. vessel Dawn Patrol to play both About 75 to 80 film crew, actors Friday and Saturday after- and film technicians will be on noons for the love of music, the Island's West End for nearly a The group, five working pro- month as they film and create a fessionals who all live on Silver "reality TV" special for airing Strand Walk, in Channel Islands sometime later this summer. Harbor, formed a casual musical Working out of the Isthmus, ensemble about five years ago so but filming and setting-up at Par- that they could practice, and per- sons Landing, the film shoot fea- form the music they all love as tures teenagers pitting themselves individuals, against nature--and each Their toe-tappin' sounds are other--in a Three Ball Produc- lively and entertaining, and it's tion episode entitled obvious that they get as much "Endurance." The shoot will last pleasure out of their performance about a month. Isthmus Harbor Patrol crew had to get a close-up view to determine that the "person" on their boat was really a sea lion. photo by DOUG OUDIN Monday, May 27, 3:20 p.m.: Life- Sheriff's and was eventually taken Saturday, June 1, 5:15 p.m.: Bay- guards responded to the Cabrillo into custody, watch responded to the mole for a Mole for a 29-year-old pregnant Tuesda); May 28, 5:30 p.m.: Bay- 50-year-old woman who was feel- woman suffering from abdominal watch received a report that a vessel ing weak and dizzy, She was cramps. She was assessed, given was on the rocks at the Seal Rock assessed and released. oxygen, an IV was started and she area. On scene, a 16-foot vessel 6:52 p.m.: Baywatch returned to was placed on the cardiac monitor with electrical problems was found the mole for the above patient who before she was taken to Avalon and towed to Avalon Harbor.had passed out and hit her head. Hospital for further evaluation. Wednesday, May 29, 7:07 p.m.: Spinal immobilization measures 5:20 p.m.: Baywatch responded to Baywatch responded to a hotel for a were taken and she was taken to the Rattlesnake Canyon for the report 50-year-old man with an altered hospital for x-rays and further care. of a sailboat on the beach. On level of consciousness after having 8:42 p.m.: Baywatch responded to scene, an abandoned vessel was in a seizure. He was given oxygen and help a 15-year-old girl. She was the surf line, listing on its keel. The an EKG, an IV was started and he assessed and taken to the hospital. boat was towed to a mooting, was taken to the hospital. 9:55 p.m.: Baywatch responded to 7:28 p.m.: Paramedics responded Thursday, May 30, 6:50 a.m.: a 911 call for a 43-year-old man to the, report of a man down. On Baywatch responded to a hotel for a with chest pain. He was assessed, scene, a man was found sleeping 50-year-old man having an allergic an EKG was performed, an IV with and refused further assistance. 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