Coast Guard Station San Diego rescues boater aboard flooding vessel

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SAN DIEGO — A U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew rescued a man from a flooding vessel about a mile off the coast of Point Loma, Friday morning.

A commercial vessel towing service contacted the Coast Guard around 5 a.m., reporting the 50-foot motorboat Patriot Seal was taking on water with one person aboard.

A 45-foot Response Boat was dispatched from Coast Guard Station San Diego with a dewatering pump to assist the boater.

The vessel had three dewatering pumps running, however the pumps could not keep up with the flooding. As the water level rose, the flooding caused the vessel’s electricity to short circuit, disabling the on board pumps.

There was about six feet of water on the boat when the Station crew arrived on scene to assist in dewatering the vessel.

An uncovered porthole and two finger-sized holes below the waterline were discovered to be the cause of the flooding. The Patriot Seal owner covered the porthole, but was unable to plug the two holes.

Using their pump, the Coast Guard crew was able to reduce the water to about a foot. The pump was able to keep up with the flooding while the crew towed the Patriot Seal to Shelter Island.

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