March 19, 2017
**Update** 25 passengers, crew rescued from vessel taking on water near San Clemente Island (photos available)
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SAN DIEGO – The Coast Guard coordinated the rescue of 25 passengers and crew after their vessel began taking on water near San Clemente Island, Sunday.
At 2:51 a.m., Sunday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Diego’s Joint Harbor Operations Center, received a distress call from the 63-foot charter-fishing vessel Truline, reporting they struck a submerged object and were taking on water approximately one-half mile south of San Clemente Island.
A Coast Guard Sector San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, Station San Diego 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew and crew of the the Coast Guard Cutter Sockeye were immediately launched to assist. A U.S. Navy ship operating in the area also diverted.
At approximately 4:30 a.m., the Navy crew arrived on scene and assisted with dewatering the Truline. At approximately 7 a.m., the Sockeye’s crew arrived to relieve the Navy crew. Sockeye's crew was able to keep up with the flooding, and the Truline would be escorted to Newport Beach, California.
At 8:30 a.m., 20 passengers were transferred to the Sockeye, leaving five of the crew and Sockeye crewmembers aboard the Truline. At approximately 9:30 a.m., Vessel Assist Catalina crews arrived to assist with dewatering.
At 11 a.m., Vessel Assist San Pedro arrived and took over escorting the Truline to Newport Beach.
At 1:30 p.m., Sockeye’s crew safely transported the Truline’s passengers to the 22nd Street landing, in San Pedro, California.
At 4:45 p.m., the Truline was safely moored at the Newport Beach Shipyard.
There were no reported injuries.
The Coast Guard is investigating the the incident.
The Coast Guard Cutter Sockeye is an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Bodega Bay, California.