Coast Guard Cutter Petrel
The Coast Guard Cutter Petrel. Courtesy USCG

Three people were rescued from a boat that sank off the coast of San Diego Saturday.

The 32-foot Akina A’u began taking on water about 40 miles off the coast around 8 a.m., according to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Joel Guzman.

A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter and the cutter Petrel responded, as well as the Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer.

The Meyer was the first to arrive on the scene, and rescued the three people aboard the Akina A’u, Guzman said.

“We were in close proximity to the crew members just minutes after their boat submerged, and are proud to have quickly assisted and returned these men home without injury,” said Cmdr. Alex Mamikonian, executive officer of the Meyer

The three were taken to Dana Point, where their boat originated.

“Luckily these guys were on the ball and prepared,” Guzman said. They all had life preservers and were off the sinking boat in less than 20 minutes, he said.

A cause for the sinking has not been officially determined, but the crew of the Akina A’u believe they struck a submerged object, Guzman said.

—City News Service