Coast Guard rescues seven from sinking yacht off La Jolla coast

Posted at 9:40 AM, Apr 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-21 12:40:58-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - U.S. Coast Guard crew members rescued seven people off the coast of La Jolla from a sinking yacht Friday. 

The vessel began taking on water Friday morning when the call for help came in. Coast Guard, San Diego Lifeguards, and U.S. Navy members all responded.

"You have to be pretty Johnny-on-the-spot whenever you're hovering over a boat like that," pilot Treston Taylor said. "Especially lowering and hoisting people up and down."

A water pump was also lowered to the sinking ship to help buy crews time.

"For those people on that vessel, they were very excited. Their adrenaline was pumping," Lyman Dickson, the Coast Guard swimmer lowered to the yacht, said. "It's a very intense situation for them."

No injuries were reported during the rescue.