Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Blocks Billionaire’s Boat Carrying Aid To Malibu Fire Victims, Surfers Have To Deliver Supplies

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department would not allow a boat with emergency supplies to deliver help to fire victims in Malibu, California, but some local surfers were able to work around that rule and deliver the aid (more video below).

Howard Leight, a billionaire entrepreneur who owns the Malibu Rocky Oaks winery, set off with the supplies in his 143-foot yacht, notes the Los Angeles Times.

After the yacht was blocked by the sheriff’s department, surfers and kayakers met the boat at sea and brought the supplies to Malibu’s Paradise Cove. 

A deputy in a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department boat defended the initial denial of aid:

If we’re not letting people in by land, we’re not letting them in by sea.

The deputies made good on their promise after a woman boarded a kayak and made a run for land. Deputies stopped her and forced her back on the yacht.

(Sources: Los Angeles Times, Benjamin Oreskes/Twitter, Benjamin Oreskes/Twitter)

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