Officials said a sailboat that capsized in wind and waves on Sunday rescued 12 children from waters near Santa Cruz, California.
According to the Santa Cruz Fire Department and other officials, the children attended a sailing course near the Santa Cruz port late Sunday afternoon. About 20 people were sent into the water.
The fire department said there were no serious personal injuries and all the children were wearing life jackets, but when the fire department’s lifeguards first arrived, it was said that five of the children were unaccounted for. They were found and rescued within 15 minutes. One of the five people had been rescued by the harbor patrol.
According to NBC Bay Area reports, a video recorded by a bystander showed that the ship was capsized by strong winds. The fire department said that the surfers provided assistance to the rescue.
One of the rescuers, Shane Skelton, told the radio: “We rushed to the rescue site immediately and caught the child who needed it most.”
The Santa Cruz Yacht Club, which is in charge of the sailing school, said in a statement that it is investigating what happened and will take steps to prevent similar incidents.
The fire department said that the life jacket “definitely played a role in its survival and achieved positive results.”
Santa Cruz is a coastal city on Monterey Bay, 25 miles south of San Jose.
The San Francisco Bay Area Office of the National Weather Service warned on Sunday that wave conditions are high, and higher waves are expected in the Bay Area and the Central Coast from Tuesday to Wednesday afternoon.