After a boat capsizes near the Coronado Islands, one man makes it his mission to save every soul on board.
One early morning, a fishing boat is out at sea. Around 5 a.m. reports of a sinking 63-foot boat stream into the San Diego Coast Guard. After a crash, the vessel was quickly taking on water and the crew of 26 passengers only had minutes to react.
The Coast Guard initiated an urgent marine information broadcast. However, they were required to wait for a response from the Mexican government to enter the territorial waters before rescuing the victims of the accident.
The Rodriguez family, John, and his wife and son, were coincidentally nearby aboard their commercial fishing boat and were the first responders to the scene. Within 15 minutes they had managed to travel through the choppy waters.
“I realized they were only a mile and half away, so I immediately got the radio and said I would respond to the distress call,” Rodriguez said.
The crew on board was ecstatic relief was on its way. Upon arriving at the sinking ship, John acted quickly. The crew and passengers aboard had already abandoned ship and were floating in rafts without any control or direction. John and his family were able to anchor the rafts floundering in the deep waters. Slowly but surely, each and every one of the 26 people aboard were welcomed onto the Rodriguez’s family boat
“One guy gave us a hug and started crying. People were just so thankful we were there,” said Rodriguez’s son, Jake.
The family is exhalted as the heros of the sea for their valiant efforts. John’s wife refuses the nickname.
“We were just in the right place at the right time for those people,” she says.
See the footage below to watch the astounding rescue.
Source: NBC News