Big waves toss father, son from boat near Oceanside Harbor

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. — A power boat crossing through 8- to 10-foot waves at the Oceanside Harbor entrance flipped sideways, tossing a man and his boy into the water Sunday.

It took lifeguards and police one minute to arrive and pull the uninjured victims out of the water at the entrance of the harbor at 12:20 p.m.

“The 37-foot cabin cruiser turned to the side, barrel rolled completely over, and then righted itself,” Oceanside Harbor Police Officer David Cunniff said. “Two of the seven people on board, a father and son, were ejected into the water.”

Fifteen people helped with the rescue, including three OPD Harbor boats, one Oceanside lifeguard rescue boat, one other boater, an Oceanside Fire Department engine, one ambulance and one battalion chief.

All seven boat victims were transported to the harbor dock to be evaluated by paramedics. Injuries to the boaters were minor, mostly ” bangs, bumps and bruises,” Cunniff said.

None of the victims required hospitalization.

Cunniff said the Coast Guard issued a warning to mariners Sunday to use extreme caution when navigating the harbor entrance due to the exceptionally strong surf.

Oceanside lifeguards said they had at least a dozen other water rescues Sunday involving swimmers, surfers and water craft.

Lifeguards extended hours Sunday due to the large south swell and the volume of people in and out of the water.

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