Four killed, one survives in California boat tragedy

Four people were killed and another survived following a dramatic boating accident off California's coast, authorities have said.

San Francisco: Four people were killed and another survived following a dramatic boating accident off California's coast, authorities have said.

A rogue wave caused the private fishing boat to capsize in the cold waters of Bodega Bay on the first day of crabbing season. The dead included three men and one woman.

US Coast Guard troops "pulled four unresponsive people from the water. One was pronounced dead," the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said.

Three others were carried to shore and taken to hospital via ambulance, where they were administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

"Regretfully, none of the four survived," the statement said.

A sheriff's department helicopter, however, was able to remove an adult man, identified as 66-year-old Phillip Sanchez, from Bodega Rock.

"The man was dressed in a T-shirt and jeans. He was not wearing a life vest. He had minor injuries -- scrapes and abrasions presumably from the sharp rocks -- and was very cold," the statement added.

"None of the people aboard were wearing life vests, although they were present and available on the boat."
The sheriff's office said alcohol or drug use were not believed to be at fault in the tragedy.

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