Good Samaritans rescue 26 people from sinking boat

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26 people are counting their blessings today. (WPVI)

Jordan Lavine was one of 21 passengers on board the Invicta for a fishing trip near the Coronado Islands.

Five crew members were on board, too, when around 5 a.m., the boat crashed into some rocks.

"I expected to have a good fishing trip then things went bad," said Lavine. "It was like running into a brick wall got a 70 foot boat running into an island'; it's pretty crazy."

A call went into the Coast Guard as the 64 foot sport-fishing vessel began taking on water.

The crew deployed life rafts.

An urgent broadcast went out to other boats in the area and the Coast Guard launched its helicopter. They contacted Mexican authorities to get permission to enter their waters.

Fortunately, the boat, The Sweet Marie, was nearby and stepped to help.

Passengers were transferred and only one person suffered a minor back injury but everyone else was OK.

They were brought to the Harbor Police dock dressed in life jackets and some were wearing blankets.

The Coast Guard says it's now launching an investigation into what caused the crash.
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