Four people are reported dead after a boat capsized in Bodega Bay located off the coast of Sonoma County, California. According to ABC News, one person has survived the accident. The identities of the victims are unknown as of yet. The incident happened this morning, the report added.
According to Lt. Greg Miller, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy, the boat could have capsized after it was hit by strong wave. This is, however, just a preliminary assessment. Officials from the California Coast Guard have started an investigation into the incident as well, reported KGO News, affiliated with ABC. The California Coast Guard officials said that they received a distress call from Bodega Bay at around 10 a.m. local time on Saturday morning. By the time they responded to the call and reached the spot, they could only find four bodies near the overturned boat. The fifth person was found hanging on to a rocky patch not far from where the boat had overturned.
The man who was found alive was airlifted using a California Highway Patrol helicopter. The individual, whose identity has also not been revealed, was admitted to a nearby hospital where his condition is said to be not serious. He had only suffered minor injuries and is expected to recover fully.
Investigators are hoping to get more information regarding the circumstances that led to the tragic boat accident after the injured individual recovers completely. However, according to Lt. Greg Miller, the group of people on the boat were on a crabbing trip when they were hit by a huge wave and tragedy struck. While this has not been corroborated by the person accompanying them, this was the likely turn of events. November 1 marks the opening of the crab season on Bodega Bay.
We will bring more information and details of the people who died as and when we receive it.
Last year, four people had died off the Florida coast in a similar incident.