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Update: Yacht Hits Balboa Pier, No Injuries Reported

About 250 people crowd the Balboa Pier after a boat with 13 people drifts into the pier's pilings.

Balboa Pier (Photo credit Susan Hoffman)
Balboa Pier (Photo credit Susan Hoffman)
Editor's note: This story was originally published on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 8:30 p.m.

A 55-foot boat hit the Balboa Pier Sunday night after it lost power, but no one was injured, a fire captain reported.

Thirteen people were onboard when the boat hit the pier, located at 813 E. Ocean Front, about 8:15 p.m., according to Newport Beach Fire Capt. Glenn White. Lifeguard Brad Monroe was the first person on scene. He jumped into the the water after all attempts at hailing the boat captain failed. 

"He swam to the boat, boarded it and tied the boat off to the pier to keep it from entering the surf line," White said. 

Responding firefighters and lifeguards used paddleboards and rescue bouys to rescue the people from the yacht.

As first responders were working, about 250 people crowded onto the pier and the beach to get a closer look and to take pictures.

"Crowd control was an issue," White said.

Newport Beach police evacuated people from the pier, while Costa Mesa firefighters tried to keep more people from getting near the rescue area. 

White said after being rescued, the people onboard were taken to the sand and covered with blankets while being evaluated by firefighters.

Taxis were called to take some of the home.

No injuries were reported, White said.

The boat was being towed by the Newport Beach Fire Department.


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Shirley September 02, 2013 at 12:53 AM
Drinking while boating !!!!
Kyle Anderson September 02, 2013 at 11:28 AM
Hitting a structure that is several hundred feet long, rising over 20' out of the water and comprised of many tons of wood, steel and concrete...that goes beyond drinking while yachting. It takes careful planning and determination to make that look accidental.

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