Dramatic rescue off Northern Calif. saves 7

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PT. REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Calif. (AP) – Authorities say seven people rescued when their boat overturned off the Northern California coast are lucky to be alive.

The water at the mouth of Tomales Bay was choppy and cold when the 25-foot boat capsized on Sunday afternoon and at least five of the people were not wearing life jackets. But a Sonoma County Sheriff’s helicopter happened to be patrolling nearby and was able to reach the boat within minutes.

Crews found a 3-year-old boy, an 11-year-old girl and three adults clinging to the hull and plucked them from the water. Two more children were trapped inside the cabin. They were pulled out after the boat was towed to shore and the hull split open.

Authorities say one of the adults suffered a minor injury, but everyone else was okay.

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