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In a Camera's Eye

by: Josh Sanchez
Published: April 8, 2024


Officer Nick Vella Memorial End of Watch Riders


HUNTINGTON BEACH...From time to time the Huntington Beach News will be running In a Camera's Eye of photos of Huntington Beach by Photographer Josh Sanchez in the hope seeing what great hidden sights to be found in surf city.

Last Saturday, April 6,2024 turned out be be a beautiful sunny day for the second annual Officer Nick Vella Memorial End of Watch Ride on the beach Saturday morning.

Riders included mounted officers from, but not limited to, Huntington Beach, Irvine, OC Sheriff Dept., and locals from HB Free Reign Foundation.

Police Officer Nick Vella was a 14-year veteran of our city’s police force who died on Febrary 19, 2022 at approximately 6:30 p.m. when the helicopter he was in crashed into the ocean just off the Lido Peninsula in Newport Harbor.

The Huntington Beach helicopter was providing support from a call of assistance from Newport Beach Police of a possible fight incident taking place on the ground between Newport Beach police officers and an individual.

The pilot was holding the helicopter steady while observing the fight scene when the copter suddenly "yawed aggressively to the right," a move that the pilot was unable to correct.


But Saturday wasn't a good day for one thresher shark that was caught off the HB Pier on Saturday afternoon.

Photos: Josh Sanchez


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