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7 Recovering well after boat capsizes in Tomales Bay
MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Seven people are recovering from hypothermia after a dramatic rescue
from a capsized boat off the Coast of Marin County. Their boat capsized off Dillon Beach near Tomales Bay Sunday. Four of the people on board were children
We spoke with several people with years of experience on Tomales Bay and Dillon Beach. They say they were warning everyone that yesterday the conditions were not right for boating
"It was dangerous yesterday. They had no business being out there," said witness Michael Lawson.
Lawson has spent more than 50 years in these waters and says that Sunday's successful rescue
of seven people at Dillon Beach, could have had a very different ending.
"If I were a betting man, I would've figured half of them at least would have died," said Lawson.
Five people, including a 3-year-old boy, were holding on to the hull
of their boat for dear life. In video captured by the Sonoma County Sheriff's helicopter rescue team, you see rescuers performing a long line rescue where they drop down from the helicopter and lift
people to safety
. It was in the middle of this rescue that first responders would learn that two additional children
, ages 6 and 8, were trapped inside the boat's cabin
"Two hours inside that hull
, think about it," said Lawson.
"It was definitely a dangerous situation," said Sonoma County Sheriff's Sgt. Ed Hoener.