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Fishermen rescued off Santa Barbara coast

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

December 19, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The Coast Guard rescued three fishermen from a disabled boat off Santa Barbara Sunday.

The boat began drifting dangerously close to rocks off the Channel Islands Sunday.

The fishermen dropped anchor, but it broke. A second anchor was pulling them toward the rocks. There were also very high seas and winds.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued the men and flew them back to Santa Barbara.

No one was injured.

The boat was still being monitored because it was carrying dozens of gallons of fuel and could come aground in an environmentally sensitive area.