12/17/2012 12:04 am ET Updated Feb 15, 2013

Santa Cruz Fishermen Rescue: Six Men Okay After Boat Starts Sinking

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- 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 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.