Good Samaritans Rescue 26 People from Sinking Fishing Boat

Tamilisa Miner/iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- Good Samaritans helped rescue 21 passengers and five crew members from a sinking fishing boat that crashed into rocks early Saturday morning near the coast of San Diego.

John Rodriguez was out on his commercial fishing boat with his wife, son and a friend when he overheard an urgent plea for help from the Coast Guard about a 63-foot sport fishing boat named Invicta that struck rocks off the Coronado Islands at around 5 a.m. and was taking on water.

The 26 people aboard the distressed Invicta put on their life jackets and reportedly deployed life rafts in the Mexican waters after the initial crash.

Rodriguez and crew, including his wife, his son and a friend, heeded the Coast Guard's call and responded to the group in distress.

"I realized they were only a mile and half away, so I immediately got the radio and said I would respond to the distress call," Rodriguez told ABC News.

According to the Coast Guard, the good Samaritan's boat made it to the other vessel in about 15 minutes after hearing the satellite call.

The Invicta's passengers and crew were still aboard waiting for assistance as the vessel took on water.

"One guy gave us a hug and started crying. People were just so thankful we were there," said Rodriguez's son, Jake.

Rodriguez and his crew successfully helped transfer all 21 passengers and five crew members onto his boat. Within an hour, the Coast Guard met the good Samaritans and moved the rescuees onto the bigger boat.

"The fact that they were relatively close and they were on the scene very quickly made all the difference in the world," said U.S. Coast Guard Master Chief Chris Swiatek.

The stranded boaters arrived safely at the San Diego Harbor Police dock on Shelter Island around 9 a.m.

The Rodriguez family are being hailed as heroes, but Sandra Rodriguez said she is just thankful they were there to help.

"We were just in the right place at the right time for those people," she said.

"You would just hope that someone would do the same for you if you were in that kind of trouble," added Rodriguez's friend, Pinky Beaver.

Coast Guard officials said the accident is currently under investigation.

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California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfires

California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfiresGoogle Earth(NEW YORK) -- Ravaged by a slew of deadly wildfires in recent days, northern California is set to get a bit of relief this week in the form of rain.

A storm system is expected to move over the Pacific Northwest later this week and the trailing cold front will most likely bring some much-needed rain to northern California between Thursday and Friday, according to ABC meteorologists.

"It will rain a bit but not enough to fully douse the blazes," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said in a statement Tuesday. "The biggest advantage to firefighters will be the increase in humidity and lower temperatures."

Massive wildfires have charred more than 245,000 acres of land statewide in the past week, killing at least 41 people and destroying thousands of homes, according to authorities.

Firefighters were battling about a dozen wildfires as of late Tuesday evening, although most of them were more than halfway contained.

“The weather today will be warm with low humidity, which will continue to challenge firefighters, but only light winds are forecast,” CalFire said in a statement on Tuesday. “A chance of precipitation is expected to arrive later in the week, bringing relief from the dry conditions.”

The northern parts of the Golden State, which has bared the brunt of the fire damage, is forecast to see an influx of cloudy, cooler and wetter weather later in the week, according to AccuWeather.

Spotter from Los Osos was reporting sprinkles from this high level moisture. Dry at lower levels. Rain evaporates. Also called "Virga" #cawx pic.twitter.com/sgxj3bdXZQ

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) October 18, 2017

However, a return of dry air, heat and areas of gusty winds could once again raise the wildfire danger early next week, meteorologists said.

Separately, a band of moisture, referred to as Atmospheric River by weather experts, is currently stretching between Asia and North America. It’s expected to bring several storm systems into many parts of the Pacific Northwest through the rest of the week.

The first of these storms have already hit the Pacific Northwest with wind gusts of between 40 and 74 mph.

A number of wind warnings and flood watches are in effect in the western and northern parts of the U.S. ahead of the storm.

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