Coast Guard rescues 4 near Dana Point

11th Coast Guard District News
SAN PEDRO, Calif. – The Coast Guard, Orange County Sheriffs Department, and Orange Country Fire Authority personnel rescued four boaters after a recreational boat sunk near Dana Point, Calif., at about 7:30 p.m., Sunday.

Two adult males and two adult females were onboard a recreational boat when it became pinned against the rocks and a wave swept them overboard. One of the adult males was hoisted into an OCFA helicopter and flown to a local hospital in critical condition.

The individual’s condition is not known at this time.

The Coast Guard and local marine rescue personnel urge all boaters to wear a lifejacket when on the water. In 80 percent of all boating fatalities, the cause of death is drowning. Of those victims, over 90 percent were not wearing a lifejacket.

  • All vessels must have at least one Type I, II, III, or V personal flotation device that is U.S. Coast Guard-approved, wearable and of the proper size for each person on board. Sizing for PFDs is based on body weight and chest size.
  • One Type IV U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD must be on board vessels 16 feet or longer (except canoes and kayaks) and readily accessible, in addition to the above requirement.
  • All PFDs must be in good and serviceable condition and must be readily accessible.
  • California law requires children under the age of 13 to wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD while underway (unless tethered to a sailboat or in an enclosed cabin) in a vessel 26 feet long or less.
  • Inflatable PFDs are acceptable for persons age 16 and older if they are wearable, activated by both pull and oral inflation features, and U.S. Coast Guard-approved.
  • Every person on board a PWC or being towed behind a vessel must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved Type I, II, III, or V PFD.
  • Persons using underwater maneuvering devices (diveboards) are exempt from wearing a personal flotation device.

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