Long Beach lifeguards rescued three fishermen early this morning after their boat collided with the breakwater due to heavy fog and low visibility, Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) officials said.
Lifeguards in rescue boats responded to the distress call at the breakwater just before 5:00AM.
Officials said an 18-foot fishing vessel carrying three passengers collided with the breakwall. The victims were clinging to the wall when lifeguards in one boat rescued them.
Lifeguard rescue boats rescued 3 people clinging to break wall early this AM after boat collided with rocks due to fog. No injuries reported pic.twitter.com/zHhKQrRwBG
— Long Beach Fire (@lbfd) March 14, 2017
Emergency dewatering operations for the vessel’s hull were implemented by lifeguards in the other rescue boat, LBFD spokesman Brian Fisk said. The hull had sustained damage and was taking in water.
The vessel was subsequently towed to the South Shore Launch Ramp by lifeguard resources.
No one was injured and there was no environmental contamination to Long Beach waters as a result of the incident, Fisk said.
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) March 14, 2017
The Long Beach Airport reported a 500- to 700-foot visibility in Long Beach early this morning.