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6 fishermen OK after rescue near Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say six fishermen are OK after they had to be rescued when the 18-foot power boat they were in started sinking off the coast of Santa Cruz.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/ZbmujW ) that after the men had left Santa Cruz Harbor, one of the men called 911 around 8:30 a.m. Sunday to report the boat was sinking.

Deputy Harbormaster Sean Rothwell told the newspaper that when U.S. Coast Guard officials said it would take about an hour for a Coast Guard vessel to reach the stricken boat, Harbor Patrol deputies embarked on the rescue mission in their 28-foot boat, with the deputies reaching the boat in about 40 minutes.

A Coast Guard helicopter called to the scene hovered above the vessel, helping the deputies locate it.

Rothwell says the men were unhurt, though a couple of the fishermen were cold and nauseous.

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Information from: Santa Cruz Sentinel, http://www.santacruzsentinel.com

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