LA Coast Guard responds to sinking dive vessel with 35 people on board

LOS ANGELES — Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles received a report that the 70-foot commercial dive vessel Vision was taking on water seven miles north of San Nicolas Island, Calif.

The vessel’s crew reported that they lost their rudder and were sinking. The crew was able to apply a temporary patch to slow the flooding, and the Coast Guard requested all 35 people (28 passengers and seven crew members) to put on lifejackets.

Coast Guard assets that responded included an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Los Angeles, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Sector San Diego, the Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin, and a C-130 aircraft from Air Station Sacramento.

The Naval vessel Robert E. Peary is also enroute to the scene with an estimated arrival time of 2 p.m.

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