SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA: A children’s sailing lesson took a sudden turn when a small wave slammed on top of them, causing their boats to capsize.
A group of six sailboats was seen tumbling one by one at the mouth of Santa Cruz harbor late Sunday afternoon. The boat had 12 children on board.
At 4.33 pm the Santa Cruz City Fire Department was alerted of the incident after which they immediately sent lifeguard crews into the water.
Initially, lifeguards reported 12 children in the water as seven accounted for and five as missing.
As soon as the response was updated to an area-wide rescue request, crews were helped by nearby surfers, swimmers, and harbor patrol. Shane Skelton, one of the rescuers, said “We came right to the rescue right away and grabbed kids who were in most need.”
The remaining children were accounted for within 15 minutes.