Coast Guard Saves Boat Sinking Off Mission Bay

The Coast Guard saved a boat that was taking on water two miles west of Mission Bay Sunday afternoon.

The Haddock, an 87-foot Coast Guard patrol boat, diverted from its 500-mile transit back to homeport in San Diego after a six-week dry dock period in San Francisco to help the sinking boat just after 4 p.m.

A petty officer boarded the boat and used dewatering pumps that he had rebuilt during his time in San Francisco to keep the boat from flooding too much while San Diego lifeguards towed it to Mission Bay.

“I’m constantly amazed by what this crew is able to accomplish,” said Lt. Katie Spira, commanding officer of the Haddock. “After being out of the water for six weeks, we were able to seamlessly transition back to operations and assist a boater in need just outside of San Diego Bay. By embodying the Coast Guard’s creed of ‘Semper Paratus’ [always ready], we were able to help those in need during this important holiday weekend.”

The boat was moored by 6 p.m. No injuries were reported.

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