6 rescued from sinking boat near Channel Islands harbor

Posted at 9:44 AM, Jun 11, 2018

Six people were rescued from a sinking boat south of the Channel Islands harbor over the weekend.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the mayday call from people on board a 36-foot recreational boat was received at about 9 a.m. Sunday.

A look at the sinking ship. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class DaVonte Marrow

They said the boat was taking on water and were requesting immediate help.

Crews responded and were able to rescue all six people on board.

Three were hoisted off the boat and the other three were pulled from the water.

All were eventually taken to Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor.

Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class DaVonte Marrow

"We were encouraged to see that the mariners were prepared to abandon ship with life jackets on," said Lt. Cmdr Jack Smith, Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, in a press release. "Wearing your life jacket greatly improves your chance of survival in the deceptively cold water off the California coast."

There were no reports of any injuries.