One dead after boat capsizes near jetty in Morro Bay

jhickey@thetribunenews.comJune 23, 2013 

One person is dead after a vessel overturned south of the jetty in Morro Bay on Sunday morning, according to Scott Subler, an engineer with the Morro Bay Fire Department.

The victim’s name has not been released, pending family notification.

Visibility was low because of fog, and around 7:30 a.m. two mariners found themselves too close to shore when their vessel was capsized by a wave, according to a news release by the Morro Bay Fire Department.

One of the two swam to shore with minor injuries and walked north to call for help from an emergency phone on the beach.

Rescuers from the Morro Bay Fire Department, Morro Bay Harbor Department, Morro Bay Police Department, Coast Guard and State Parks took part in the seach, and the second victim was found floating in the water near shore. Responders performed CPR until the victim was in the care of medical staff of Sierra Vista Hospital, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Michael Tyrell, one of the responders.

Tyrell said the mariners were very close to the surf zone and going too fast. Waves were between six and eight feet on the ocean side of Morro Bay’s sandspit today, he said.

“We would like to reiterate the importance of checking the weather,” before bringing a vessel into the ocean, he said.

The Tribune will continue to update this story as it develops.

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