Coast Guard member dies in crash off Calif. coast

Associated Press
CORRECTS DATE OF CRASH TO SUNDAY, NOT MONDAY - In this Aug. 29, 2011 photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, a Rescue Helicopter from Airs Station Los Angeles conducts a close fly-by of the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut. A smuggler's vessel rammed a small U.S. Coast Guard boat deployed by the cutter Halibut, off the Southern California coast early Sunday Dec. 2, 2012, killing one Coast Guard member and injuring another, authorities said. The cutter was conducting an investigation into suspected smuggling near the Channel Islands west of Malibu. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard/Steve Lee)
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VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says she's saddened to learn of the death of a Coast Guard member during a drug-interdiction mission in the Channel Islands off Southern California.

Napolitano says the tragedy is a reminder of the dangers faced by men and women in uniform every day while protecting the nation.

Authorities say Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III died Sunday after suffering a traumatic head injury when a suspected smuggling boat rammed the small boat he was aboard near Santa Cruz Island.

Horne and another crewman were thrown into the water.

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