14 rescued as boat sinks off Newport Harbor

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Video shared by the Orange County Sheriff's Department shows 14 people being rescued from a sinking boat off Newport Harbor on April 19, 2021.

Video shared by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department shows 14 people being rescued from a sinking boat off Newport Harbor on April 19, 2021.

Fourteen people were rescued from the ocean off Newport Beach after their boat sank during a weekend outing, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.

The 41-foot-long boat Carver began taking on water outside the entrance to Newport Harbor around 2:45 p.m. Sunday, the department said in a Facebook posting that included a video of the dramatic scene in choppy waters.

Another vessel took the boat under tow but it was sinking quickly and was almost submerged when deputies arrived.

All 14 people on the stricken boat jumped into the water and were saved by harbor patrol, lifeguards and good Samaritan vessels.

The cause of the sinking is under investigation.

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