One person was in critical condition Thursday after two passengers were rescued from a capsized boat about five miles off Huntington Beach, authorities said.
The Huntington Beach Fire Department responded to a report of the incident at 11:25 a.m. and dispatched a marine safety officer on the city’s police helicopter.
The 24-foot boat was found with two people in the water.
The officer jumped from the helicopter and helped the pair onto an Orange County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol boat to be taken to Huntington Harbour, said Fire Department spokesman Eric McCoy. The Coast Guard also assisted in the rescue.
One of the passengers, a man in his 70s, was unconscious at the time, the Sheriff’s Department said. The other passenger was a man in his 60s, the department said.
#OCSDPIO This morning just after 11 a.m. OCSD Harbor Patrol received a call of a boat in distress approximately 5 miles off the Huntington Beach pier. Harbor Patrol deputies responded and found an overturned 24 ft. boat with two male passengers in the water. pic.twitter.com/Gv1mvqjyxF— OC Sheriff, CA (@OCSheriff) January 3, 2019
Paramedics took the men to a local hospital, McCoy said.
Information on the circumstances that led to the distress call was not immediately available.
This article was originally published at 1:40 p.m. and was later updated with additional details.