Dana Point harbor. Photo by D Ramey Logan via Wikimedia Commons
Dana Point harbor. Photo by D Ramey Logan via Wikimedia Commons

A distraught husband who “did everything he could” failed to save his drowning wife after she fell from a small boat in the early hours of Satuday in Dana Point Harbor.

The husband and wife were in a small boat at 12:30 a.m. in the harbor heading to a larger boat where they planned to spend the night when “somehow she fell in (the water),” said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.

“The husband dove in, was able to locate her and pulled her head above water,” Concialdi said. The man yelled for help and Harbor Patrol deputies responded, pulling the woman onto the dock where they began CPR.

The drowning was in the west basin of the harbor, said Orange County Sheriff’s Lt. John Roche.

Paramedics began advanced life support when they arrived and took the woman, in her 60s, to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach, Concialdi said. Emergency room staff worked to revive the woman but finally pronounced her dead.

“The husband was obviously very distraught,” Concialdi said. “He did everything he could.”

The woman’s death is the 15th drowning in Orange County in 2016, the captain said. “We’re just getting into the warm months.”

Fifty people died in the county from drowning in 2015, Concialdi said.

—City News Service

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