Two dead, 8 hurt after sailboat capsizes off San Diego

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Posted: Mar 28, 2011 12:39 AM

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Two men were killed and eight of their relatives were hurt when the family's rented sailboat capsized in San Diego Bay on Sunday evening, harbor police said.

The 25-foot sailboat tipped over in the chilly waters between Shelter Island and Harbor Island, just south of the city's airport, at about 5 p.m. local time.

"The call came in at 5:12 p.m., and the harbor police arrived within five minutes," said Marguerite Elicone, spokeswoman for the Port of San Diego, which operates its own police department.

She said patrol officers on the scene found other boaters pulling victims from the water and performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation "to try to save people."

Two men in their 50s or 60s perished, and the surviving eight family members, two of them children, were taken to area hospitals, Elicone told Reuters. The victims' names were being withheld until next of kin could be notified.

The two children were released from the hospital about three hours after the accident, but one woman remained in an intensive care unit for treatment of hypothermia, Elicone said.

The cause of the accident was under investigation, a U.S. Coat Guard spokesman said. Harbor police divers were trying to bring the partly submerged sailboat out of the bay, Elicone said.

(Reporting by Marty Graham; Editing by Steve Gorman and Peter Bohan)