Two men who fell overboard when a 24-foot boat capsized several miles from the Huntington Beach Pier Thursday were plucked from the water by rescuers.

Authorities responded at 11:06 a.m. to a report of an overturned boat with two occupants near the harbor, said Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. A device on the vessel sent a distress signal to the Coast Guard, she said, adding that Orange County Harbor Patrol deputies were dispatched because they were closest to the victims.

A man in his 70s was unconscious and the other boater, who is in his 60s, was conscious when rescuers arrived, Braun said.

A Huntington Beach Marine Safety officer was lowered from a police helicopter into the water to help with the rescue, said Marine Safety Lt. Claude Panis. Coast Guard officials were also lowered from a helicopter to assist, Braun said.

Both men were taken to local hospitals. Paramedics were performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the older man when he was put into an ambulance, according to Braun, who said the other victim’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.

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