Associated Press

Six people were rescued from a sinking vessel in the ocean off Southern California during the weekend.

The Coast Guard received a mayday call Sunday from a 36-foot (11-meter) recreational boat that was taking on water southeast of Channel Islands Harbor.

The Coast Guard diverted a helicopter from another operation and dispatched a boat.

The helicopter hoisted three people and took them to shore. The rescue boat pulled the remaining three people from the water and everyone was reunited at Channel Islands Harbor.

Lt. Cmdr. Jack Smith notes that all were wearing life jackets, which greatly improve the chance of survival.

Associated Press