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Three rescued from sinking boat off Carlsbad coast

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three men on a recreational boat that began taking on water about a mile from Carlsbad Thursday afternoon. 

Frank Flatters was on the boat with two other people fishing just off the coast of Carlsbad when their vessel started taking on water. 

Mark Nelson was also on board. 

"I didn't really get worried until the boat got real low in the water. We could not start the motor. If we could have, it would have been okay, but we could not start it. It got wet," he said. 

Nelson said they were able to radio for help. First, a lifeguard on a paddle board came out, followed by the Coast Guard. 

The agency got a mayday call from the 19-foot motorboat about 2 p.m., USCG Petty Officer Rob Simpson said.

The cutter Edisto was roughly five miles away at the time and reached the pleasure craft within a few minutes, according to Simpson.

"We immediately headed in that direction. Took us about 20 minutes to get on scene and luckily, we were able to locate them about a mile off shore," said Petty Officer Clayton Wolfe. 

According to Petty Officer Clayton Wolfe, "the boat was completely submerged. They were still standing in the vessel, but about waste deep in water." 

The Coast Guard crew launched an inflatable rescue craft and picked up the uninjured occupants of the civilian boat.

Lifeguards were able to stabilize the foundering boat and towed it to Oceanside Harbor, Simpson said. 

"It was at water level, we could not go any lower. I don't think it could have sank, when got to the rescue boat it almost rolled over. That could have been a factor," said Nelson.

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