BIG SUR -- Four people are safe after the Coast Guard airlifted them to safety when their vessel sank Saturday afternoon.
The Coast Guard received a distress called from the tug named Delta Captain at 2:55 p.m. and immediately launched rescue crews, including a rescue helicopter that located the crew floating in a life raft. The helicopter dropped a rescue swimmer to the life raft to help hoist the four aboard.
The crew members, who have not been identified, were flown to shore in Monterey and transferred to awaiting paramedics.
There were no reports of injuries.
Coast Guard crews were on scene and a recovery effort was underway to pull the tug, which has 18,000 gallons of fuel on board, to shore.
There were been no reports of a spill, but the Coast Guard and the Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of Spill Prevention and Response set up a command post to ensure that no oil seeped into the ocean.
The Delta Captain sank but may remain attached to the barge it was towing by a cable. Additional tug boats were on their way to the scene to help tow the barge.
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