Coast Guard rescues 5 from disabled boat

11th Coast Guard District News
SAN DIEGO – Five people were rescued one mile north of Point Loma, Calif., when their boat became disabled and started to take on water Monday evening.

Navy Region Southwest transfered a cell phone call to the Coast Guard from the operator of the 25-foot pleasure craft at 6:30 p.m., stating they were in need of assistance and their boat was drifting toward the rocks at Sunset Cliffs. The call was dropped but not before the Coast Guard could determine where the the boat was.

Coast Guard Sector San Diego diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Haddock, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in San Diego, as well as a 33-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station San Diego.

The station personnel were able to remove all of the passengers from the disabled boat, take the boat into tow and transport passengers and vessel safely to Shelter Island.

The Coast Guard would like to remind all mariners to make sure they have adequate communication devices with them when they plan to go out on the water. If you take a cell phone out with you, make sure the phone is able to stay dry and the battery has a full charge. It is also a good idea to have some sort of back up such as a VHF marine radio in case of an emergency. If an emergency happens, help can be called for on Channel 16, the international distress channel.

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