(08-05) 10:53 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A man who went missing Monday after his boat took on water off San Francisco's Ocean Beach is wanted in Santa Clara County on a $75,000 arrest warrant that was issued in 2012 after he failed to comply with his drug-related probation, records show.
The warrant deepens the mystery surrounding Timothy Lybrand, 51, who hasn't been heard from since 3:30 a.m. Monday, when his 38-foot fishing boat, the Paloma, was reported abandoned and sinking half a mile south of the Cliff House at Ocean Beach.
Lybrand radioed the Sunrise, a nearby fishing vessel, and indicated he would try to swim about 25 feet to shore.
The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for Lybrand at noon Monday - eight hours into the multiagency effort - after covering an 18-square-mile area from Ocean Beach to the Golden Gate Bridge.
"The possibility that he could have swam in is relatively high," said Coast Guard Lt. Sean Kelly.
According to Santa Clara County Superior Court records, Lybrand was arrested in 2010 and later convicted of possessing drugs and drug paraphernalia. On May 17, 2012, Judge Joanne McCracken issued a bench warrant for Lybrand, who had allegedly violated his probation by failing to appear in court.
On Monday, he reportedly left San Francisco Bay around 2:30 a.m. to fish for salmon, a Port of San Francisco spokeswoman told The Chronicle. Lybrand, whose boat is registered in Santa Cruz, is known to fish up and down the California coastline.
Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Parks Service were working Tuesday to remove debris and the sunken remains of the Paloma.
"We'll try to locate the operator and he will be issued a citation for abandoning the vessel," said Lt. Theo Vaughan, a Coast Guard spokesman. "He will also be responsible for the costs associated with the clean-up operation."
The parks service will dispose of the wreckage once Coast Guard officials remove oil and fuel from the boat and drag it to shore.