A Navy guided-missile cruiser and Coast Guard cutter rescued 20 people from a leaking wooden charter fishing boat off San Clemente Island, the Navy reported Tuesday.
The 63-foot charter-fishing vessel Truline out of Newport Beach issued a distress call Sunday morning reporting it had struck a submerged object off the island.
The nearby USS Lake Erie deployed a rescue and assistance team aboard its rigid-hull inflatable boat to assist the Truline.
“After making sure everyone was alright, we noticed water was coming in at about 1,200 gallons a minute,” said Lt. Ruben Maldonado, Lake Erie’s damage control assistant. “We estimated 24 inches of water to be flooding the deck.”
The team found two cracks in the hull of the wooden vessel and used wooden shoring to reduce the flow of water.
The Lake Erie team turned over the operation to the Coast Guard Cutter Sockeye once the flooding was under control and the water level had dropped.
Twenty passengers were taken aboard the Sockeye, while the Truline’s crew of five sailed the damaged boat to Newport Beach with a Coast Guard escort.
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