Informed that the vessel was taking on water, the Coast Guard’s San Diego sector dispatched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, a 45-foot response boat and the Coast Guard cutter Sockeye, authorities said. A Navy ship operating in the area was diverted to the scene.
The Navy crew, arriving at 4:30 a.m., began to de-water the Truline and the Sockeye, arriving at 7 a.m., took over, able to keep up with the flooding while the Truline was escorted to Newport Beach, the statement said. Vessel Assist crews from Catalina Island and San Pedro assisted.
“We were able to keep up with the flooding,” Simpson said.
At 8:30 a.m. the 20 passengers were transferred to the Sockeye, with five crew remaining on the Truline, the Coast Guard said. At 1:30 p.m. the Sockeye delivered the passengers to San Pedro and at 4:45 the Truline “was safely moored at the Newport Beach Shipyard,” the Coast Guard reported.
“The good thing is, they were able to float her back into the harbor,” said Alex Berlin, a reservations agent for the charters. “Everyone was safely dropped off by the Coast Guard ship.”