16 rescued when boat runs aground in Mission Beach

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SAN DIEGO -- Lifeguards rescued 16 people after their boat ran aground in Mission Beach Friday morning.

The boat crashed ashore near San Fernando place, just south of Belmont Park, around 5 a.m., according to San Diego Police.

The 65-foot-long motor vessel named "Pacifica" was headed back from a fishing trip in Mexico and scheduled to dock at 6 a.m., Lieutenant Rich Stropky of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department said. "We don’t know how it happened or what happened, but that will be thoroughly investigated," Stropky said.

The Coast Guard is leading the investigation.

Lifeguards said despite a challenging tide, 16 people were rescued by rope and four crew members remained on the boat. No injuries were reported. Members of San Diego Fire-Rescue were there to assist.

“It went smooth but it was a little overwhelming for the lifeguards in the beginning, just not knowing who was doing what and getting units on scene," Stropky told FOX 5.

With help from a tugboat and the rising tide, the boat was moved off the shore by about 6:30 a.m.

The "Pacifica" was floated about three nautical miles away to a shipyard in Mission Bay, a Coast Guard official said.

The Coast Guard did not release the names of the people onboard.

Editor's note: This story originally reported that 15 people were rescued and five crew members remained onboard. The Coast Guard clarified that 16 people had been rescued and four crew members remained on the boat before it was moved offshore.

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