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Abandon ship? Awesome!

OCT. 10 — Students in a ninth-grade marine science class got the trip of their lives last Friday in Pasadena, Calif., when the 130-foot schooner American Pride they were sailing aboard began taking on water about halfway through their 4-1/2-hour trip, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The students were coming back from a five-day marine science trip to Santa Catalina Island with four adult chaperones from Pasadena’s PolytechnicSchool. After almost 2 feet of water filled the schooner’s bilge, a helicopter and multiple rescue boats were deployed to meet them, according to the news release.

Long Beach Fire Department’s rescue boat also supplied the crew with a hose to help pump water out of bilge. The rescue boat then escorted her back to the harbor, about seven nautical miles away. American Pride was able to dock on her own at about 2:30 p.m.

Three hours later, parents were united with their sons and daughters who, far from scared, thought it had been a great trip.

““They are giddy over it,” Capt. Greg Clinton of American Pride told the L.A. Times shortly after the incident. “They want to go back out there.”

Everybody on board was wearing a life jacket and no one was injured, according to the news report. American Pride is a red-sailed, three-masted wooden schooner maintained and operated by the Children’s Maritime Foundation.

-- Elizabeth Ellis