Note: This story has been corrected to include updated information from the Coast Guard on where the boat was cruising when the man fell overboard.
A man who fell overboard while on a commercial dinner boat cruise off Morro Bay on Friday evening was pulled from the water by a fellow passenger and the crew of an oyster fishing boat, according to the Coast Guard.
The unidentified man was taken by ambulance to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, where he was listed in critical condition Friday. His condition was unchanged Saturday morning, said Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class John Matuska.
The 59-year-old man fell off the Papagallo II dinner boat as it cruised in Morro Bay Harbor at about 8:15 p.m. with 22 passengers aboard, the Coast Guard said.
“No one saw him fall off the stern of the boat,” Matuska. “They were all talking when they heard a splash and turned around. They put on a light and saw him in the water.”
Another passenger on the 72-foot Papagallo II, which is berthed in Morro Bay, jumped into the water and found the man facedown and unconscious. A Morro Bay Oyster Company skiff was passing by and three crew members helped pull both people aboard.
The skiff arrived at the Coast Guard pier, where Coast Guard officers transferred the unconscious man to the dock and continued performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation that had already been started by the crew on the skiff, Matuska said.
The fire department and Morro Bay police arrived, Matuska said, and the man was taken to Sierra Vista hospital.
Police and Coast Guard officers interviewed the passengers, crew and owner of the Papagallo II, Matuska said. Any continuing investigation by the Coast Guard would be picked up by its Marine Safety Office in Santa Barbara, he said.
The owner of the Papagallo II “is allowed to continue operating at this time,” Matuska said. Calls to the boat owner were not immediately returned Saturday evening.