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Tragedy Narrowly Averted Off The Shore Of Long Beach

By Jackawa Jackson | June 27, 2010

Just before 1:00 AM on the morning of June 27, 2010, the Long Beach Fire Department received a call, through the Coast Guard, for a boat that had capsized just outside the breakwater with people in the water.  LBFD Rescue Boat 1 and Boat 15 responded and were on scene at the Queens Gate area of the breakwater within minutes.  The boat crews found that an 11 foot aluminum fishing boat had in fact capsized, tossing the 2 adult male passengers into the sea.  A pilot boat happened to be in the area and managed to pull the two onto their vessel as the fireboats arrived.  The patients were then transferred to Boat 15 and were transported to shore for ongoing medical evaluation. The men stated that their boat had been hit by a wave and they had been in the water for 20 minutes.  Both men were treated for mild hypothermia by Rescue 1 but declined transportation to the hospital.  A Long Beach Police Department boat assisted LBFD by towing the disabled fishing boat to a safe location.  A total of 9 firefighters responded to this incident.

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