A photo of guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) from their Facebook Page in 2010.

A United States Navy destroyer rescued three sailors just minutes after their boat sank off the coast of La Jolla Saturday morning.

Sailors aboard a 32-foot recreational boat sent an emergency alert signal around 8 a.m., when their vessel began to take on water about 40 miles off the coast of La Jolla.

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) disseminated the signal to boaters in the area and immediately, guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) responded.

The San Diego-based ship was able to locate the distressed crew just after their boat submerged, Navy Cmdr. Alex Mamikonian said. Navy sailors deployed an inflatable boat and with it, were able to pull all three sailors out of the water.

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