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Dec 2, 2012 7:40 PM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News

Coast Guard member killed after run-in with panga boat

A U.S. Coast Guard member is dead after officials say the vessel he was on was hit by a Mexican-style panga boat, throwing him and another member into the water.

It happened just before 2:30 Sunday morning near Santa Cruz Island.

Officials say a Coast Guard maritime patrol aircraft detected the panga boat, and sent the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut out to investigate.

They say the cutter then sent its small boat out, which was operating without any type of running lights.

They say when it approached the panga boat, it turned on its blue law enforcement light and the suspects' vessel sped toward the Coast Guard's smaller boat, hitting it before taking off.

Officials say the two Coast Guard members were thrown into the water after the crash, and were immediately picked up by the Coast Guard's boat.

Officials with the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office tell KSBY 34-year-old Terrell Horne III, 34 from Redondo Beach, was killed.

Coast Guard officials say although first aid was administered on Horne III, he was pronounced dead at the pier in Port Hueneme after suffering a traumatic head injury.

They say the other member suffered minor injuries.

Other Coast Guard members stopped the panga boat shortly after the incident, and took two people into custody.

The incident is under investigation.

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