Nixie

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Nixie (#281397) (1929-1963)



In the News~

'August 17, 1963 [LAT]: “Albacore Fishermen Rescued From Island. Two commercial albacore fishermen were rescued from San Clemente Island early Friday after spending 10 hours in heavy surf when their boat struck submerged rocks and sank. Brent Bixler, 22, of 121-1/2 E. Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, and Richard Fiske, 32, 18282 Lisa St., Huntington Beach, were flown to Miramar Air Station Hospital in San Diego where they were treated for exposure and shock. Bixler said he was asleep late Thursday night when the 40-foot fisher, Nixie, owned by Ralph McAdams, 2620 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, struck the rocks. He immediately radioed for help and with Fiske, donned life jackets as the Nixie and 6-1/2 tons of albacore went down. He said they swam near shore but heavy breakers made it impossible to get out of the water. Friday morning they managed to battle through the towering surf and landed on the island near Eel Beach. A helicopter, one of 12 Navy and Coast Guard vessels and planes which had searched throughout the night, spotted the pair and flew them to the island air strip from which they were transferred to Miramar.”


August 17, 1963 [San Bernardino Sun]:' “Fishermen Win Battle With Sea. San Diego — Two commercial fishermen, their boat sunk, spent 10 hours in heavy surf before being rescued from San Clemente Island yesterday. Brent Bixler, 22, Newport Beach, and Richard Fiske, 32, Huntington Beach, were flown to the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station Hospital and treated for shock and exposure. Bixler said their 40-foot boat Nixie struck rocks late Thursday night. He radioed for help, then he and Fiske donned life jackets as the Nixie and 6-1/2 tons of albacore sank. The two men swam near shore but heavy breakers kept them from getting out of the water until yesterday morning. They battled through towering surf to a point near Eel Beach, where a searching helicopter spotted them. The boat was owned by Ralph McAdams, Costa Mesa.”