The crew of the sport-fishing boat Reel Viking called Coast Guard about 8:30 a.m. reporting their boat had caught fire, according to Coast Guard officials. The Coast Guard transmitted the report to boats in the area, about 10 miles off the coast, and within minutes the sport-fishing boat Passport arrived and rescued the boaters.
The Coast Guard also responded to the scene and asked for assistance from San Diego lifeguards, who sent a fire boat and a surf boat.
Lifeguards trained to fight marine fires put out the flames, but the Reel Viking was not recoverable and sank.
No one was injured.
The boaters were transferred to the Coast Guard’s vessel and returned to San Diego Bay.
The cause of the fire was not known.