Coast Guard and good Samaritans rescue 9

SAN DIEGO – The Coast Guard received a call for help from a vessel with nine people on board that was taking on water about 30 miles south of Point Loma, Calif., Saturday evening.

The Joint Harbor Operations Center (JHOC) in San Diego received a distress call at 4:45 p.m., from the 48-foot fishing boat Instinct stating they were taking on water from the engine room and could not control the rate the water was leaking.

Coast Guard Sector San Diego launched a MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Edisto to the Instinct’s location. All nine people aboard the boat put on their lifevests and prepared to abandon the Instinct by launching the lifeboat.

Before the Coast Guard could arrive on scene the good Samaritan boat Miss My Money arrived on scene and tried to help the Instinct pump the water off. Another good Samaritan boat, Dr. Sic, arrived on scene just after 5 p.m., and took all nine people from the sinking Instinct on board. A third good Samaritan boat, Tin Man, also arrived on scene to help. The rescue helicopter arrived on scene at 5:23 p.m., and supervised the transfer of all of the survivors to the Dr. Sic and the Tin Man.

At 5:45 p.m., the crew of Dr. Sic began transporting six of the survivors from the Instinct to Point Loma Marina. Three people were transferred to the Tin Man that stayed on scene until further help arrived.

The Coast Guard Cutter Edisto arrived on scene at 5:53 p.m., and brought two of the remaining three survivors from the Tin Man on board, while the third was transferred to a commercial savage company’s boat. The salvage company boat then took the Instinct into tow and transported it to a local marina.

The Coast Guard would like to remind all mariners to have the proper communication and life saving equipment on board in case of an emergency such the one that happened this evening.

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One Comment

  1. Lori L says:

    Thanks to all involved with this emergency. This mom is grateful that her only two (adult) sons, and the four other family members/friends, were aided by the Coast Guard and three other vessels. Words can not express the relief of knowing they are all safely back with loved ones. Thanks again!