Four children and three adults were rescued from Tomales Bay on Sunday afternoon after their boat capsized, dumping them into turbulent waters.
Five people, including a 3-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl, were clinging to the overturned hull of the boat when the Sonoma County sheriff's helicopter crew arrived and, one-by-one, plucked them from their perch, Sgt. Ed Hoener said.
During the air effort, rescuers learned that two additional children, ages 6 and 8, were trapped inside the boat's cabin, Hoener said.
A Point Reyes National Seashore marine crew towed the overturned boat into calmer bay waters and Marin County firefighters cut into the hull, finding that the children had survived.
A 46-year-old Elk Grove man was believed to have launched the group, which included a 20-year-old woman and another man, from Lawson's Landing earlier in the day. Officials declined to identify them.