Coast Guard assists flooding vessel in San Diego Bay

SAN DIEGO — A Coast Guard crew from San Diego assisted eight boaters on a 40-foot pleasure craft that was flooding in San Diego Bay this morning.

Coast Guard Sector San Diego received a report at 11:40 a.m. from the crew of the Ocean Alexander that the vessel was on fire and taking on water. A 41-foot utility boat from Coast Guard Station San Diego and a Harbor Police boat responded.

Water from a torn exhaust hose was flooding the bilge and causing excessive steam on the hot exhaust manifold, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik King.

Coast Guard crewmembers were able to slow the flooding by plugging the holes. A Sea Tow crew pumped water out of the bilge with a portable dewatering pump. The Sea Tow vessel took the Ocean Alexander in tow, and two Coast Guard crewmembers remained on board to monitor the flooding and assist as needed.

The vessel was towed to Fiddler’s Cove Marina and moored safely there.

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