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Crews gather debris that washed ashore from the Paloma, a 38-foot fishing boat that ran aground south of Seal Rocks on Ocean Beach in San Francisco, Calif., Monday morning Aug. 4, 2014. The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for the captain of the boat. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

SAN FRANCISCO -- A missing fisherman who was at the center of a search Monday has a $75,000 arrest warrant out of Santa Clara County stemming from a drug charge and failure to appear, according to a sheriff's office spokesman.

Timothy Lybrand failed to make a court appearance stemming from a 2010 arrest on a drug charge, according to Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

Lybrand may have abandoned his fishing boat early Monday after it became stranded around Ocean Beach. The Coast Guard spent hours searching the area before calling off the search, about nine hours after the 37¿-foot fishing vessel reportedly ran aground around Ocean Beach in 10 feet of water.

Timothy Lybrand, a missing boat captain, has a $75,000 arrest warrant out of Santa Clara County stemming from a 2010 drug arrest and failure to appear in
Timothy Lybrand, a missing boat captain, has a $75,000 arrest warrant out of Santa Clara County stemming from a 2010 drug arrest and failure to appear in court. ( Santa Clara County Sheriff's Off )

"The decision to suspend a search-and-rescue case is always difficult," Capt. Mike Day said. "Given the close proximity to shore, and the vessel operator's stated intention to abandon the vessel, as well as the extensive search effort ... I have made the decision to suspend the active search."

A salvage operations team spent Monday afternoon focused on bringing the capsized boat safely to shore, the Coast Guard said.

Lybrand apparently made a call from his vessel to other nearby boaters asking for help around 3:30 a.m. -- about an hour after he left for shore, Lt. Cmdr Shawn Lansing said.

"(Lybrand) said he was 'on the rocks' and considered getting off the vessel," said Lansing, who added that Lybrand intimated that he would try to swim to shore while wearing a life jacket.


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Search crews, including the Coast Guard, the National Park Service and the San Francisco Fire Department, patrolled an 18-square-mile radius from Ocean Beach to the Golden Gate Bridge.

In September 1995, Lybrand's 44-foot steel-hulled fishing boat, Bono, racing for shore because the deckhand's wife had gone into labor, missed the Santa Cruz harbor entrance by 300 yards and plowed onto Twin Lakes State Beach.

In September 2011, Lybrand and a friend were rescued from Limekiln Creek in Monterey County in the early dawn after his boat snagged on rocks. Officials reported the boat had mechanical problems.

Lybrand also had a criminal record in Santa Cruz County. In December 2001 and May 2006, he was convicted of felony evading a peace officer, according to court records. A DUI charge was dismissed in the 2001 case. Also in 1996, Lybrand was convicted of felony drug possession, according to court records.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel and Associated Press contributed to this report. Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869. Follow him at Twitter.com/markmgomez.