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Press Release | Feb. 26, 2024

Coast Guard rescues 4 adults and a child after their vessel took on water off the San Diego Coast

District 11

SAN DIEGO — Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Otter rescued four adults and one child from the 58-foot pleasure craft Playhouse after the vessel began taking on water between San Clemente Island and Dana Point, Calif., Saturday afternoon. 

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Diego's Joint Harbor Operations Center received a distress call from the Playhouse at approximately 11 p.m., reporting a shaft seal failure that led to 2 feet of water entering their engine room during transit from San Clemente Island to Dana Point. The crew of the Playhouse successfully halted the leak and promptly alerted the Coast Guard.

In response, Sector San Diego diverted the Sea Otter to escort the vessel to its destination. The Sea Otter arrived on the scene at approximately 2:50 p.m. and commenced escort operations. With the assistance of the Coast Guard Cutter, the Playhouse was safely moored in Dana Point at approximately 6 p.m.