According to Reuters, at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, a boat with 30 passengers capsized on Saturday. Eight people were injured in the incident.
The 30 passengers—consisting of three children and 27 adults—were aboard the vessel that capsized around 4:00 PM local time. The passengers were thrown into cold waters and a minimum of three passengers were trapped beneath the vessel.
U.S. Coast Guard and rescue swimmers from local fire and police departments and rescued the passengers from the water quickly. Eight passengers—including three children and five adults— were injured and transported to local hospitals.
Investigating officials have found no current proof of foul play and the capsized vessel has been identified as a recreational sailboat.
The quick rescue response may be attributed to San Francisco’s “Fleet Week” celebration as units of the Coast guard, fire and police, were already patrolling the waterfront.
According to the Boat U.S., the most common causes of boats capsizing are that weight is poorly distributed on the boat, boats having leaks, and inclement weather.
All of these major causes of capsizing are preventable if passengers prepare before an outing on a boat—such as checking the daily weather forecast—and a boat is properly maintained.
Ensuring life jackets are worn by passengers, or at least in easy access, can help prevent injuries and death in case of a capsizing.