Authorities Investigate Boating Accident That Killed Man in Long Beach

Authorities continued their investigation Saturday into the death of a boater found inside the hull of a 21-foot boat that capsized off the coast of Long Beach.

The name of the boater, a man in his 50s, will be released pending notification of next of kin, according to Lt. David Smith of the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Crews responded about 4:45 p.m. Friday to an emergency radio channel distress call reporting the vessel overturned about 1 1/2 miles offshore, according to Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Brian Fisk.

The boat was discovered against rocks that are part of the breakwater, according to the fire department.

Witnesses at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach told City News Service that they saw paramedics perform life-saving measures on the victim at a dock near Ballast Point Brewing at Alamitos Bay Landing, but the unresponsive man was later pronounced dead at a hospital, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Crews searched in the water and from the air for any other possible victims but found none.

At around 7:30 p.m., the fire department announced that the search and rescue effort would transition to "an investigative/vessel recovery phase." The wrecked boat was pulled to shore near Appian Way and Bay Shore Avenue in Alamitos Bay.

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