Coast Guard Rescues Mexican Fishermen

SAN DIEGO, CA – The U.S. Coast Guard came to the rescue yesterday of two Mexican fishermen who had been adrift in the ocean near the Coronado Islands on their capsized boat for five days.

A helicopter crew out of Air Station San Diego spotted the overturned skiff about 11:15 a.m. while patrolling off the coast of Baja California.

As the helicopter neared, the men stood up and began waving fish at the crew to indicate distress. The helicopter crew stayed on scene with the fishermen until a second Coast Guard helicopter arrived with a rescue swimmer on board to hoist the men.

The chopper crews transported the pair to San Diego and transferred them to Border Patrol custody.

The fishermen said their 18-foot boat, the Pelillo, capsized Thursday.

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