Four people survived after their sailboat smashed into a concrete pier in Redondo Beach, California on Thursday evening.
Witnesses at King Harbor filmed with horror as a large wave tossed a 24-foot sailing vessel into the Redondo Beach Pier, according to local news station KTLA 5.
Lifeguards with the Los Angeles County Fire Department posted to Instagram on Friday video of the dramatic scene from two different angles. In the footage, at least one person can be seen falling from the boat as the wave crashes over it. A second wave throws the capsized vessel into the pier’s pillars.
All of the boat’s passengers were wearing life vests and only two people were thrown overboard, according to local lifeguards. No serious injuries were reported.
A friend of the one of the victims told KTLA 5 that the boat’s captain is an experienced sailor whose boat was pushed off course because of strong winds.
The #Losangelescounty #coastline was hit by some strong gusty winds yesterday afternoon that resulted in 2 #boatdistress incidents. One sailing vessel was thrown into the #redondobeachpier by an oncoming wave which resulted in 4 persons #overboard . The second sailing vessel #capsized in the main channel of #marinadelrey which resulted in 2 persons overboard. All victims in both incidents were wearing their #lifejacket and all victims were successfully #rescued . Let this be a lesson that lifejackets #save lives . The @lacolifeguards want to remind all boaters to always wear a #lifejacket, always check your local #ocean and #weather forecasts, and develop a float plan before heading out to sea. In addition, the @uscg urges boaters to exercise caution when heavy weather is predicted and ensure personal vessels are properly secured at all times. For more information regarding safe boating please visit the website below: http://www.uscgboating.org #knowbeforeyougo @redondobeachfirefighters @redondopier #rescueboatoperations #safetyfirst #boatsafety #lifeguard @foxla #redondobeachharborpatrol #LACounty @lacountyfd #mariners #sailors #sailing @ktla5news @abc7la @nbcla #boataccident : Jason Wells A post shared by LACoFD Lifeguards (@lacolifeguards) on Mar 31, 2017 at 6:47pm PDT
Lifeguards and harbor patrol found the victims swimming near the wrecked sailboat after 7 p.m., the Los Angeles Times reported. A spokeswoman for the lifeguard division told the newspaper that strong wind gusts contributed to the crash.
Lifeguards used the incident to remind local boaters of the importance of utilizing lifejackets and weather reports.
“Always wear a #lifejacket, always check your local #ocean and #weather forecasts, and develop a float plan before heading out to sea,” L.A. County lifeguards wrote on Instagram.
High winds moved across Southern California on Thursday, damaging cars, power lines and causing electrical outages, according to the Associated Press. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.