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7, including 4 children, rescued from capsized boat at mouth of Tomales Bay

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.


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