2 dead after winds hit California island harbor

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Posted: Dec 31, 2014 5:42 PM

AVALON, Calif. (AP) — A harbor patrolman and an unidentified man are dead after storm winds broke boats loose from moorings at Santa Catalina Island off the Southern California mainland.

The incident occurred late Tuesday in Avalon Harbor, where several power boats were pushed aground along the waterfront when 40 mph winds hit.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says harbor personnel and deputies were attempting to secure loose boats when a Harbor Department boat came close to hitting rocks.

A patrolman jumped from the boat and deputies were unable to rescue him before he became lodged between the boat and rocks under turbulent waves.

A civilian's body was discovered floating at 6:30 a.m. and the patrolman's body was recovered later by divers.

A third person was initially believed to be missing.