1 person dead, 3 rescued after boat sinks off Catalina Island

One person drowned and three others were rescued early Saturday when a boat took on water and sank off the coast of Catalina Island, authorities said.

The incident happened near Two Harbors on the northwest side of the island.

Lifeguards from the Los Angeles County Fire Department were dispatched to the area just after 4 a.m. Saturday morning, according to LA County Fire Department Chief Bernard Peters. First responders found one dead person, a woman in her late 50s or early 60s; one injured; and two others uninjured.

“The boat sank and we went out and that’s what we found,” Peters said. The injured person was taken to a hospital on Catalina, according to Peters.

Authorities have yet to determine if the woman died from drowning, said LA County Sheriff’s Deputy Grace Medrano.

The 40-foot recreational boat was already underwater when sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene, Medrano said. The cause of the ship’s distress is not yet known.

The sheriff’s department will handle the investigation.

This is an evolving story.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-03/one-person-dead-three-rescued-after-boat-sinks-off-catalina-island 1 person dead, 3 rescued after boat sinks off Catalina Island

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