14 rescued off California coast after charter boat hit rock and sank

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Ten passengers and four crew members were rescued from a sinking ship off the coast of southern California early Thursday, the Coast Guard said.

The captain of the charter vessel Sea Jay reported around 2:30 a.m. that the vessel struck a rock and was taking on water near Santa Cruz Island, according to a Coast Guard statement.

The captain told everyone to abandon ship while he anchored the ship and released a life raft. He then also boarded the raft, according to the statement.

The Coast Guard issued a marine radio transmission calling for help from nearby boaters and dispatched a small boat and helicopter from the mainland.

A nearby ship called the Seabiscuit quickly arrived and began taking the Sea Jay's passengers and crew. They were later put aboard state Department of Fish and Wildlife and Coast Guard boats for the return trip to shore.

The Coast Guard said the Sea Jay remained anchored but fully submerged and a glow was seen in the surrounding area. The service said it was working with partner agencies to respond to the contamination.

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