Coast Guard Removes Crew of Sinking Sailboat North of Morro Bay

MORRO BAY, Calif. — One of the 47-foot motor life boats that responded to the distress call from the sailing vessel Ingomar, 13 miles north of Morro Bay, Calif., has taken the crew off the vessel and has returned to Morro Bay.

The Coast Guard received the initial report of the distress at about 4 p.m. and immediately sent two 47-foot motor life boats from Station Morro Bay and an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Los Angeles. The crew of the rescue boats used dewatering pumps in an attempt to remove the water from the vessel. The helicopter delivered an additional pump to the crews.

The pumps could not keep up with the amount of water entering the boat, and the crew requested to be taken to land.

The remaining 47-footer is staying on scene with the sinking vessel.

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