Coast Guard, Air National Guard join to rescue 3 fishermen near Cambria, Calif.

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard NewsPACIFIC OCEAN – The Coast Guard assisted the Air National Guard with the rescue of three fishermen from a sinking vessel 125 nautical miles southwest of Point Piedros Blancas near Cambria, Calif., Sept. 20, 2012.

The Coast Guard Sector San Francisco command center received a call from a crewmember aboard the 85-foot commercial fishing vessel Allison C reporting that the vessel was taking on water 125 nautical miles southwest of Point Piedros Blancas. The crewmember also reported they had three people aboard and were attempting to control the flooding, but that the source appeared to be a hole in the bottom of the vessel that they may not be able to patch or fix. The Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and diverted a C-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, Calif., to assist.

The C-130 arrived on scene and dropped three pumps, a life raft and hand held radios to the stricken vessel.

The Coast Guard requested assistance from the Air National Guard 129th Rescue Wing from Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif. They launched an HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopter crew with two Pararescuemen. The helicopter crew was able to locate and safely hoist the fishermen from the life raft.

The fishermen were treated by the Pararescuemen while being flown back to Moffett Federal Airfield where they were transported to a waiting ambulance.

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