SAN DIEGO — Strong winds blew a small motorboat with three people on board into a rock jetty in Mission Bay Tuesday night.
The two men and a woman were fishing for lobsters with hoop nets in an open boat when their outboard motor quit, lifeguards said. Winds pushed the boat onto the jetty in Quivira Basin and the boat was partially swamped.
All three people managed to jump out of the boat onto the jetty. From there, they called lifeguards for help.
The National Weather Service had issued a wind advisory for the coast Tuesday night. Lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum said that boaters need to take such advisories very seriously.
“Small craft warnings are relatively rare for San Diego. When you get a gale-force warning, that kicks it up another notch, and your margin for error in these types of winds, especially when you have a little bit of swell, like we do in the channel — it’s very small,” Lerum said. “You don’t have much time, and any little thing that goes on — your motor conks out for whatever reason –you don’t have much time to recover from that.”
The NWS wind advisory remained in effect through 2 p.m. Wednesday. Forecaster said winds gusts up to 35 mph were likely.