Friday, February 12 , 2016, 2:44 am | Fair 49º

Coast Guard Officer Killed When Boat Rammed Near Santa Cruz Island

By Tom Bolton, Noozhawk Executive Editor | @tombol | updated logo 9:24 a.m. |

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne holds his son during a Christmas cruise onboard the Cutter Halibut in this undated photograph. Horne was killed early Sunday when his boat was rammed by suspected drug smugglers near Santa Cruz Island, according to the Coast Guard. (Contributed photo)
Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne holds his son during a Christmas cruise onboard the Cutter Halibut in this undated photograph. Horne was killed early Sunday when his boat was rammed by suspected drug smugglers near Santa Cruz Island, according to the Coast Guard. (Contributed photo)

A U.S. Coast Guard crewman was killed and another was injured early Sunday when their boat was rammed as they attempted to apprehend suspected drug smugglers near Santa Cruz Island.

The incident occurred as a small boat launched from the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut, based in Marina del Rey, was approaching a panga-type vessel suspected of illicit activities, said Coast Guard spokesman Adam Eggers.

“When the Coast Guard small boat approached with its blue law enforcement light energized, the suspect vessel, identified to be a profile Mexican-style panga, maneuvered at a high rate of speed directly toward the Coast Guard small boat and struck it before fleeing the scene,” Eggers said.

Two crew members were thrown into the water, and both were immediately recovered by the Coast Guard small boat, Eggers said.

One member suffered a traumatic head injury, and the other had minor injuries, he said.

The crewman who was killed, Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III, 34, of Redondo Beach, was declared dead at about 2:20 a.m. Sunday, said James Baroni, chief deputy with the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Horne’s body was brought to shore at Port Hueneme, Baroni said, as was the injured Coast Guard member, whose name and condition were not released.

The cause of Horne’s death was expected to be released Monday, Baroni said.

Other Coast Guard personnel were able to stop the fleeing panga, and detained two suspects, Eggers said.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our shipmate,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends, and his shipmates aboard Coast Guard Cutter Halibut.

“We are focused on supporting them during this very difficult time,” he added. “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.”

SWAT team members from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the scene to assist other agencies, according to Sgt. Mark Williams, a Sheriff’s Department spokesman.

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» on 12.02.12 @ 08:07 PM

How sad…by the sounds of might be the cartels work. RIP for the fallen coastie and hopefully justice is swift.

» on 12.02.12 @ 09:14 PM

If the United States government did not disregard its Constitutional constraints imposed by the 9th Amendment of the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution, these two Coast Guard sailors would still be alive.
Drugs are legal.
All drugs are legal.
All laws prohibiting drugs are illegal laws because they are unConstitutional laws that violate the 9th Amendment.
Such illegal laws have empowered and emboldened criminals to amass great fortunes created by the absurd and illegal war on drugs.

» on 12.03.12 @ 01:18 AM

@WooWoo:  Yes, I am sure that the panga operators were thinking about the all the Constitutional issues surrounding narcotics trafficking when they rammed the Coast Guard vessel killing and injuring our citizens. 
I suggest you go make your case to a mental health worker as they should be able to assist!

» on 12.03.12 @ 01:35 AM

Maybe the CG should start putting a few rounds from the 50 cal across the bow before they launch their small boats.  Let the fine, upstanding gentlemen know that it wouldn’t take long for them to become a snack for Jaws.  Maybe then they’d be a little more considerate of law enforcement.

» on 12.03.12 @ 02:58 AM

@interloper—hardly but the Mexican smugglers wouldn’t have been there if there wasn’t anything of value to smuggle. It’s our government’s exceeding the constraints of its enumerated Constitutional powers and trampling on the 9th Amendment of the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution that created the conditions of tragedy.
Our tyrannical government and the treasonous lowlife that support it need to be very careful that they don’t lose it all.
The 2nd Republic of the United States of America would look much different than the first. If our Constitution doesn’t work, we need a new one. It’s not a holy relic. If it doesn’t work, it’s worthless.

» on 12.03.12 @ 02:59 AM

You knew it was just a matter of time before the Santa Barbara County coast turned into southern Arizona.

» on 12.03.12 @ 12:56 PM

Sad news. However, if all the dispensaries were still open in SB we would not need mexican weed. There would be no demand… hence no need to supply.

» on 12.03.12 @ 02:27 PM

@WooWoo:  Do you actually believe the dribble you have written, or are you just being a troll? 
The conditions of this tragedy are a society that feels compelled to ingest narcotics rather than face reality, and a government that has not really addressed stopping the smuggling of illegal substances into our country.
Your dribble about constitutional issues has no relevance to the actions of drug smugglers, whom I hope they hang at the border!

» on 12.03.12 @ 03:04 PM

Thank you to Chief Petty Officer Horne and his family for your service and sacrifice.  This whole saga makes me very, very sad.  What a tremendous loss for all involved.

» on 12.03.12 @ 03:28 PM

@interloper: the Constitution is not dribble. Although it may be worthless and long past time for a new one, I think you should read it anyway, especially the Bill of Rights. It might pacify your tendency to fascism.

» on 12.03.12 @ 04:02 PM

Interloper is a parrot,, incapable of individual thought he/she only repeats what they are told.  Their ignorance is neither a virtue nor a leg up… perhaps if they werent so blinded by their faith and adoration of charlatans they’d have enough of an open mind to understand that the pursuit of altered consciousness is as human as our need for love, sex, food and water…

I for one am tired of these ignoramuses having any say in any aspect of public policy.  Their shallow and myopic views are not based on science or reality,  but instead fear and ignorance.

Interloper, Please keep your naivete for your Sunday church sessions and your brief conversations with yourself….leave the intellectualism to those who are actually capable of intellectual view.

» on 12.03.12 @ 04:45 PM

That’s a pretty wrank syllogism, WooWoo.  By that logic you must also believe driver’s licenses are illegal, and paying taxes are illegal, because there’s no other way to interpret or modify the constitution without amending it?  Give me a break.  You ever heard of the “necessary and proper” clause in Article I of the Constitution, which comes long before the Bill of Rights?  If you haven’t, here you go:

The Congress shall have Power - To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

Seems to cover it.

» on 12.03.12 @ 07:14 PM

Seems like USCG boat was caught broadside.

» on 12.03.12 @ 07:15 PM

I am opposed to any form of prohibition being imposed on any citizen until such time the citizen demonstrates that s/he is incapable of handling any of the freedoms our forefathers fought and sacrificied to provide for their descendants.  That being said,

My deepest condolences to the loved ones, family and friends, of Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne for your loss.  I am so very sorry…..

» on 12.04.12 @ 01:12 AM

Someguyinsb: Thanks for trying to define and limit my free speech, but just the same I think I will continue to express myself freely.  Leave it to the libtards like yourself to attempt to extinguish and opinions unlike their own.

» on 12.04.12 @ 04:35 AM

interloper no I do not think taking the issue to a mental health worker as they are NOT able to assist! They can Not help or treat anyone in S.B. you have not done your home work! Its a mess!!! ADMHS does not solve or take care of any issues. YOU should know that…

» on 12.04.12 @ 08:06 AM

Yet another law enforcement officer dies while attempting to uphold a failed public policy that has triggered the worst crime wave in history.

Yet another law enforcement officer dies while attempting to prevent the citizens of this ‘once proud and free’ nation from choosing to self-medicate with one of God’s most amazing plants.

Yet another law enforcement officer dies in order that unconscionable Transnational Corporations, and their Media Enablers, can continue to abuse, addict and poison us for obscene profits.

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