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Published on February 26, 2024
Coast Guard Rescues Five, Including a Child, from Leaky Vessel off San Diego CoastSource: Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Simpson, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

A harrowing experience off the coast of San Diego ended safely for four adults and one child aboard a pleasure craft when the Coast Guard swooped in to save the day. The 58-foot vessel, named the Playhouse, hit rough waters when it started taking on water Saturday afternoon between San Clemente Island and Dana Point.

The vessel's crew made a distress call at around 11 p.m., citing a shaft seal failure which had resulted to quickly take on approximately 2 feet of water in the engine room. The incident occurred as the group was transiting from San Clemente Island to Dana Point. According to a report from the U.S. Coast Guard, the crew managed to stop the leak and promptly contacted the authorities for help.

In a timely response, the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Otter was diverted to come to their aid. By 2:50 p.m., the Sea Otter was on scene, ready to safely escort the Playhouse to the marina. Their efforts ensured that the group, which included a child, was out of harm's reach and on terra firma soon after the ordeal had begun.

The successful mooring operation concluded around 6 p.m. when the leaky craft was safely docked at Dana Point, with no reported injuries thanks to the swift response of the Coast Guard.