Coast Guard aids boaters 18 miles off California coast

A video screen grab shows rescue swimmer Petty Officer 2nd Class Lyman Dickinson being lowered to a vessel taking on water 18 miles west of La Jolla, California, on Friday, April 20, 2018.

By GARY WARTH | The San Diego Union-Tribune | Published: April 21, 2018

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Tribune News Service) — The Coast Guard assisted seven boaters after their vessel began taking on water west of La Jolla on Friday morning. (See video.)

The operator of the 80-foot vessel Mahana contacted the Coast Guard in San Diego at about 10:25 a.m. to report the boat was taking on water and the crew was unable to keep up with the rate of flooding.

A Jayhawk rescue helicopter was dispatched to aid the Mahana, which was about 18 miles west of La Jolla.

A U.S. Navy vessel in the area and San Diego lifeguards also responded.

The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene at about 11:15 a.m., and a rescue swimmer was lowered to the Mahana along with a pump to get water off the boat.

Once the rate of incoming water slowed, Mahana's crew began heading toward port, and the crew safely moored in Mission Bay at about 1:45 p.m.

There were no reported injuries.


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