SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Salvage crews are still working Tuesday morning to remove an abandoned fishing boat stranded in the waters off San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. The captain of the boat, however, remains missing and new questions are being asked as it’s been revealed that he has an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
51-year-old Timothy Lybrand hasn’t been heard from since he radioed a fellow fishing boat at 3:30 a.m. on Monday saying his vessel, the Paloma, was in trouble and that he was going to put on a life vest and swim 25 yards to shore at Ocean Beach. The waters in the area are about 10-feet deep.
Lybrand, it turns out, is wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Santa Clara County. He was initially arrested in 2010 on drug possession charges and Sgt Kurtis Stenderup, of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, said he never showed up to court and was picked up again in 2012.
“This person failed to appear. The court issued a $75,000 warrant and he is currently on the run right now,” he said.
The owner of the boat from Crescent City and said he hasn’t heard from Lybrand, who last had the boat in Santa Cruz. But the harbormaster there has said it hasn’t been tied up there for a long time.
Coast Guard officials said that Lybrand, oddly, didn’t radio the Coast Guard directly instead choosing to contact another boat so they don’t know exactly what was going wrong.
While there is no indication of where Lyrbrand could be—whether he made it to shore or may still be out to sea, the Coast Guard officially called off its search at noon on Monday.