The fun and excitement of dozens of lighted boats in the annual Huntington Harbour boat parade turned to tragedy as a person fell off a dock into the water and died at an after-parade party.
The Huntington Beach Fire Department was called and discovered the victim in the water at Huntington Harbour shortly before midnight Saturday, authorities said Sunday.
While the victim may have drowned, authorities said he or she may have had some kind of heart attack. It wasn’t immediately known why the person fell into the water, nor if alcohol was involved in the tragedy.
Officials were called to the scene about 11:20 p.m. and found the unidentified victim in the water near 16450 Pacific Coast Highway. Doctors at a nearby hospital were unable to save the individual who may have suffered from cardiac arrest, according to authorities.
A large number of spectators and partygoers had gathered in the area after the 55th Annual Huntington Harbour Boat Parade, according to witnesses at the scene,
The victim was at the party and reportedly fell into the water from a boat dock, witnesses said.
No other information about the victim was yet available.
Dozens of boats are decorated with lights that stand out in the evening darkness. They float by numerous waterfront homes that are also decorated for the holidays.
The “Cruise of Lights” is, according to the parade website, “our way of providing funds for the music education of Orange County school children.
“The Boat Parade is a ‘thank you’ to the homeowners of Huntington Harbour for decorating their homes, in anticipation of the Cruise of Lights.”
–City News Service
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