Alcohol may have had something to do with the tragic drowning of a woman in Dana Point Harbor in the early morning darkness as her distraught husband tried desperately to save her, officials said Sunday.

The Coroner’s Office named the 65-year-old woman who drowned when she fell into the waters of  Dana Point Harbor as Eileen Taylor, 65, of Dana Point.

Taylor and her husband were either on a dock or in a small boat at 12:30 a.m. Saturday when “somehow she fell in (the water),” said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.

There were conflicting reports as to the exact circumstances behind the accident.

“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.

Orange County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Stichter said the couple “had some drinks” at the yacht club, adding that it was “completely undetermined” if alcohol was a factor in their falling into the water.

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 Taylor to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach, Concialdi said. She was pronounced dead at 1:32 a.m. Saturday, according to the coroner’s office.

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

Taylor’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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