Three commercial fishermen were rescued on Monday morning when their 34-foot vessel struck a rock and started sinking near Salt Point on the Sonoma Coast.
The U.S. Coast Guard in San Francisco received a report at 6:10 a.m. of a sinking ship in Jenner, Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Stanton said.
The Robert Croll struck a rock and was taking on water with three people aboard, Stanton said.
The fishing crew got in a lifeboat when dewatering equipment on board could not keep up with the flooding in the vessel, Stanton said.
The vessel sunk in 60 feet of water, Stanton said.
The Coast Guard in Bodega Bay launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat and arrived at the scene around 7 a.m. Sonoma County lifeguards also responded and stood by on shore, Stanton said.
The uninjured fishermen were taken to Bodega Bay where drug and alcohol tests were conducted onshore, Stanton said.
No pollution relating to the sinking was reported, Stanton said.
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