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58. Fishing Boat Sinks, Everyone Saved
A 70-foot fishing boat, the SharkCatcher, sank 5
from shore today in the Pacific at about
:30 p.m. The boat was returning from a successful
-day trip. There were 17 anglers aboard and 4
members. There were also about 100 freshly caught
, salmon, and mackerel aboard. Some of them may
also survived the sinking.
Luckily, the SharkCatcher started
when it was only a quarter mile from
fishing boat, the TunaTaker, which was also returning
a day trip. The two captains, Moe and
, had been talking to each other over the
while headed back to their landing in Santa
. They were comparing notes: who had caught what,
much, and where.
During their conversation, Moe heard
sounded like an explosion. He told Curly to
on a minute. Moe’s crew discovered a hole
the hull that was too big for plugs
pumps. Moe told Curly he needed his help.
then told all the passengers to don their
and abandon the boat.
“This is the second
that I've lost,” said Moe. “The good thing,
course, is that I’ve never lost any paying
Curly, captain of the rescue boat, said, “We
lucky that it was a clear, calm day.
pulled a lot of people out of the
, but it went very smoothly. I think the
Guard will be proud of us.”