USCG Crewman Killed at Channel Islands
December 5, 2012 – Channel Islands, Southern California
Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III was killed Sunday by suspected smugglers off the Channel Islands.
© 2012 USCG / Lt. Stewart Sibert
US Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III, 34, was killed near the Channel Islands on Sunday when a panga
driven by suspected smugglers rammed the inflatable
that Horne and another crewmember were in, said the Coast Guard. The USCG cutter Halibut
had been alerted by a C130 aircraft to the presence of a panga
in the vicinity. Since the islands are known to be a popular drug and human smuggling drop-off point, Halibut
moved to intercept.
Horne and a crewmate boarded a CG inflatable
to give chase but, according to the Coast Guard, as they approached, the panga
turned and rammed them at full speed, throwing both crewmen into the water
. Another CG boat
intercepted the panga
and arrested the two suspects aboard. There was no comment on whether drugs were found.
Horne suffered a traumatic head
injury and was pronounced dead when he was brought ashore. "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," said Admiral Robert J. Papp, Coast Guard Commandant.
- latitude / ladonna