SAN DIEGO – The Coast Guard rescued three fishermen from the Coronado Islands, in Mexico, Monday, after their vessel capsized.
At approximately 9:30 p.m. Monday, watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector San Diego Joint Harbor Operations Center received a call from a woman reporting that her brother and two friends were stranded on the Coronado Islands after their fishing boat capsized.
A Sector San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew immediately diverted from a training flight, retrieved a rescue swimmer from Sector San Diego and refueled at Naval Air Station North Island. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Petrel was also diverted, and a unit from Mexican Maritime Search and Rescue in Ensenada, Mexico, launched to assist.
Upon clearance from Mexican authorities to enter Mexican airspace and territorial waters, the Jayhawk crew began to search along the shore of the Coronado Islands to search for the fishermen.
The Jayhawk crew located the fishermen after spotting a fire on the beach, and safely hoisted all three and transported them to Sector San Diego at approximately 11:30 p.m., where they were met by EMS and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.
All three were determined to be Mexican nationals and were taken into custody for return to Mexico.