Wave Flips Fishing Boat, Kills 4 Off Sonoma

Boat overturns amid conditions reported as 'fairly decent'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2014 5:56 AM CST
A US Coast Guard rescue boat searches the waters off the Sonoma County coast in this Jan. 12, 2007, file photo near Bodega Bay, Calif.   (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Eric Luse)

(Newser) – A crabbing trip went horribly awry yesterday morning off the coast of California's Sonoma County, when a wave hit a fishing boat upon its return to Bodega Bay, flipping it over and killing four of those aboard. As the LA Times reports, a sheriff's helicopter plucked the lone survivor, a 66-year-old man, from a rock; he suffered abrasions in the incident and was "very cold." The US Coast Guard later recovered four victims, three men and a woman, from the water; nobody was wearing a life jacket. A Coast Guard rep described conditions on the water as "fairly decent."

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