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Feb 13, 2010 10:13 PM by Danielle Lerner

Coast Guard boat flips during rescue in Morro Bay

Photo Courtesy of: Geri Lanier

Some scary moments in Morro Bay Saturday when large waves caused a Coast Guard boat to flip.

Witnesses say the Coast Guard cutter was towing a skiff boat back to shore when it got stuck in some large wave sets.

The strong waves then flipped the cutter with three of the skiff passengers on board.

"Basically they ran down the face, hit the trough, the bow just started submerging in the trough of the wave and the stern just completely came over the bow," said Ray Savoie, who witnessed the incident. "I mean they did a full forward flip with a half roll."

"We came up, we righted ourselves, and my friends were gone, they were gone," said David Langer, who was a passenger on the skiff boat. "I looked and there they were in the ocean looking up."

No one was hurt but the Coast Guard cutter was damaged in the incident.

The passengers on the skiff boat say they take full responsibility for what happened because they should not have been out on the water, in the skiff boat, in the first place.

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