Six fishermen rescued, Harbor Patrol says
Six men were rescued from a sinking boat off Greyhound Rock on Sunday morning after heading out from the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor to fish, Harbor Patrol officials said.
The men were in an 18-foot power boat that belonged to one of their sons when one called 911 about 8:30 a.m. to report their boat was sinking, Deputy Harbormaster Sean Rothwell said.
Coast Guard officials advised it would be about an hour until they could make it up from Monterey, so Harbor Patrol deputies from the Santa Cruz harbor took off in their 28-foot patrol boat, reaching the group in about 40 minutes, Rothwell said.
Dispatchers had gotten an approximate location from the phone and a Coast Guard helicopter that was in the area helped them find the boat by hovering above it, he said. It was about two miles off the coast from Greyhound Rock, he said.
The men were OK, though a couple were cold and nauseous, he said.
Rothwell said it is unclear what got them in trouble, in part because there was a language barrier.
"But they were way too far away for a little boat like that," he said. "And the conditions were rough out there. I'm guessing they took a wave, it was sloppy and it probably swamped them."
Coming back was "brutal," he added.
State Parks officials assisted as well, in a personal water craft, he said, and Vessel Assist towed the
CHP: Man flees after car catches fire on Hwy. 17
A 28-year-old Santa Cruz man was arrested early Saturday after he lost control of a 2002 Subaru Impreza on Highway 17, which struck the center divider several times and then caught fire, officers said.
The 1 a.m. accident near Pasatiempo caused the closure of one lane of traffic for about 40 minutes while firefighters doused the fire and moved the car, officer Alexis Garcia said.
Officers learned that the driver, David R. Kirkland, jumped in a white car at the crash scene and took off toward Santa Cruz, Garcia said.
Officers found his address in the glove compartment of the Subaru, though, and found him at home in Santa Cruz a short while later, Garcia said.
Kirkland had the keys to the Subaru and glass in his pocket, he said. He was not hurt, he said.
He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and misdemeanor hit-and-run, Garcia said.
CHP: Officer stops driver from running into traffic
A California Highway Patrol officer prevented a woman from running into traffic on Mount Hermon Road recently after she said she wanted to kill herself during a traffic stop, officers said.
The 54-year-old woman was pulled over on Mount Hermon Road near Covenant Lane on Friday afternoon after an officer saw her speaking on a cellphone while driving, the CHP said.
When Officer Tyler Pudge came up to the car window to talk to her, the woman said she was going to kill herself and then opened the door and ran into the road, Sgt. Kevin Enox said.
Pudge ran around the back of her car, grabbed her and pulled her out of the street before anyone was hurt, Enox said.
The woman was taken to Dominican Hospital, he said.
Police: Two of 24 stores sell alcohol to teens
Two stores sold alcohol to underage buyers during a recent "minor decoy operation," Santa Cruz police said.
Minors working with police were able to buy alcohol Friday at Circle Market on Errett Circle on the Westside and at the Grog Shop on Ocean and Hubbard streets, Lt. Larry Richard said.
The employees were cited, he said.
But 22 stores, including gas station markets, grocery stores and liquor stores throughout the city did not, Richard said.
The periodic operations are funded by a state Alcoholic Beverage Control grant, he said.