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Portland crew transporting piece of space shuttle rescues four people off coast of Mexico

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(Courtesy: Emmert International) (Courtesy: Emmert International)
(Courtesy: Emmert International) (Courtesy: Emmert International)

A Portland company in charge of transporting a giant piece of space shuttle history to a California museum made an unexpected stop off the coast of Mexico when they ended up rescuing four people stranded at sea.

The crew of the Emmert International heard a call for help on the radio and rushed to get to the fishing vessel in time.

Four people were on a small fishing vessel, named Maximus, when it started to take on water and sank. 

The Emmert International barge was about 200 miles south of San Diego when it found the four passengers. The crew was able to bring them all on board, and then continued on their way.

After the rescue, the crew was able to transport the tank from a space shuttle to the California Science Center. The ET-94 once propelled shuttles into space, and it's the last of its kind.

Owner Terry Emmert said he couldn't be prouder of his team.

"Sort of neat when you're moving a super load like this and you have a lot of things to contend with, a lot of logistics but to be able to accomplish a job that goes down in history as a great move but also to rescue people at sea, that makes for a heck of a story."

The names of the four people rescued at sea have not been released. Emmert said three of them are Americans and one is a Mexican national.

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