Coast Guard, Border Patrol rescue 2 from sinking boat

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
SAN DIEGO – U.S. Coast Guard and Border Patrol crews worked together to rescue two men from a sinking boat just north of the Mexican border, Friday afternoon.

The Coast Guard received a distress call from the two men who were aboard an 18-foot aluminum boat four miles offshore at approximately 12:25 p.m.

Coast Guard Cutter Edisto and a Customs and Border Protection U.S. Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue 23-foot SAFE boat crew diverted to the scene.

The BORSTAR crew began towing the sinking boat while the Coast Guard crew assisted the men in dewatering the boat.

Attempts to stop the flooding were unsuccessful and the two men were taken aboard the Edisto’s boat as the vessel sank.

The Edisto’s crew transferred the men to a commercial salvage company for transportation back to San Diego.

Two external fuel tanks were recovered from the sunken boat and no pollution was reported.

SAN DIEGO - A crew aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Edisto's boat approach debris on the surface from an 18-foot boat that sank near the Mexican border, April 26, 2013.  Coast Guard and U.S. Border Patrol crews worked together to rescue two people that were aboard the boat before it sank. U.S. Border Patrol photo.

A crew aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Edisto’s boat approach debris on the surface from an 18-foot boat that sank near the Mexican border, April 26, 2013. U.S. Border Patrol photo.

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