Three fishermen rescued after boat capsizes

June 29, 2011 6:06:08 AM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard saved three men whose boat capsized in a harrowing overnight rescue off the San Francisco Coast Wednesday.

Officials say the fishermen, who are all from Arcata, are OK. They say their boat, The Deanie Lynn, capsized after their load shifted unexpectedly. It happened around 12:40 a.m. There were about 270 crab pots on board and about 80 of them were full. All the fisherman ended up in the water, but they were prepared and when the Coast Guard found them, they were all OK.

"They had survival suits. They had a life raft. I'm not sure if it automatically deployed or they deployed it themselves, but they're lucky they had it," said Petty Ofc. Anthony Kopshever.

Just before 6 a.m., the fishermen were at a Coast Guard station, waiting to be picked up. Their boat remains mostly submerged about 600 yards off shore near the Cliff House Restaurant at Ocean Beach. When there is enough daylight, the Coast Guard plans to see what it can salvage of the boat and the fishermen's gear, and to check for leaking fuel.


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