VENTURA ( — Three fisherman were rescued Monday after their fishing vessel washed ashore in Ventura.

According to the Ventura City Fire Department, firefighters were sent just after midnight to the surf line in front of Woodstock Lane for report of a large commercial fishing vessel aground in the surf.

Upon their arrival, authorities located three adult fisherman still on board as waves crashed into the boat and washed over the decks.

“Several hundred gallons of diesel fuel were reported to still be on board the boat,” said Battalion Chief Tony Hill. “Salvage operations will begin as conditions allow.”

Eighteen firefighters safely rescued the occupants from the vessel and brought them to the beach.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

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