3 dead, 4 wounded after boat capsizes off Calif.’s Santa Catalina Island

3 dead, 4 wounded after boat capsizes off Calif.’s Santa Catalina Island

A small boat capsized off California’s Santa Catalina Island last Saturday, leaving three people dead and another four wounded, authorities confirmed.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the deadly accident occurred when a 15-foot skiff overturned near Salta Verde Point. Three people lost their lives, while four survivors were rescued. Two of the four men who were hospitalized were said to be in a critical condition, while two others were said to be in fair condition.

U.S. Coast Guard representative Sondra-Kay Kneen said the chartered fishing boat “Pacific Quest” reported the capsizing at around 9:30 a.m. Saturday and crew members onboard managed to rescue four people from the water. Chris Dolce, a meteorologist with weather.com, said adverse weather conditions in the sea caused high surf, which caused the boat to overturn.

Speaking about the accident, Dolce said, “A long period south to southwest swell has been affecting Southern California since late last week. This has caused high surf in both the coastal and offshore waters, as well as rip currents at beaches. Based on buoy data, waves were in the 4-7 foot range in the coastal waters Saturday morning.”

The deceased were identified as 47-year-old Kyung Kim of Los Angeles, 62-year-old Jason Noh of Buena Park, and 34-year-old Young Park of Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Los Angeles County homicide detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths.