Jan 1, 2015 8:37 PM by Debbie Cobb
AVALON, Calif. (AP) - A harbor patrolman killed when storm winds broke boats loose from moorings at Southern California's Santa Catalina Island has been identified as a 39-year-old dive instructor and former reserve firefighter.
The Los Angeles reports Thursday (http://lat.ms/1zE1Epy ) that Tim Mitchell, a native of New Zealand, recently became a U.S. citizen.
Mitchell died late Tuesday in Avalon Harbor when several power boats were pushed aground along the waterfront when 40 mph winds hit.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said harbor personnel and deputies were attempting to secure loose boats when a Harbor Department boat came close to hitting rocks.
Mitchell became lodged between the boat and rocks under turbulent waves.
The body of a second man was found after the storm. His identity and details of his death are still not known.