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6 saved from sinking fishing boat south of San Francisco

HALF MOON BAY — Officials say six people including an 11-year-old boy were saved from a sinking fishing boat that's now on the ocean floor south of San Francisco.

Pillar Point Deputy Harbormaster Cary Smith tells KTVU-TV (bit.ly/11zrKsL) the Harbor Patrol received a mayday call Thursday from a 26-foot fishing boat called the Thunderbird in Half Moon Bay, and within minutes a four-member rescue team arrived at the scene south of the famous Mavericks surf spot.

On board were the owner, his 11-year-old son, and two couples.

The rescue team took most of the six off the boat and tried to swamp water out, but it was flooding too fast and everyone was brought aboard the rescue boat.

About two minutes later the Thunderbird sank and now sits about 60 feet beneath the surface.


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