3 Killed as Boat Capsizes Off Catalina Island, Calif.
Four others were rescued
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 25, 2016 4:30 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A boat that may have been hit by a wave capsized off the backside of Santa Catalina Island in California on Saturday, killing three people, authorities said. Four survivors were rescued after the 15-foot skiff overturned off of Salta Verde Point, the AP reports. Three were in critical condition when they were taken to hospitals, and there was no immediate word on the condition of the fourth, Los Angeles County fire dispatchers said.

Another boat reported the capsizing at around 9:30am and pulled four people from the water, but two seemed unresponsive, Sondra-Kay Kneen of the US Coast Guard said. A Coast Guard helicopter pulled another person from some rocks, lifeguards pulled one from the water, and another was found on a beach, Kneen said. "The waves in the area were reported to be between 4 and 6 feet, and that could have overturned the skiff," she said.