10:12 AM: A man who was rescued from the shoreline near San Quentin State Prison early this morning after falling out of a boat Tuesday night has died at Marin General Hospital, a Marin County sheriff’s lieutenant said.
A woman who was also rescued was treated at the hospital and released, Lt. Barry Heying said.
The pair left a dock on the Corte Madera Creek in the 14-foot motorboat around 10 p.m., Heying said.
The boat developed engine trouble in the Bay, Heying said. The man, who was not wearing a life vest, fell overboard while trying to restart the engine, Heying said.
When the man tried to get back in the vessel, it capsized, Heying said.
The man and the woman, who was wearing a life vest, were in the water for an unknown amount of time before they made it to the shore near the prison.
Prison guards in the tower saw the couple beckoning for help on the beach below the 6-foot retaining wall surrounding the prison at about 1 a.m., San Quentin State Prison Lt. E. Melton said.
The boaters were then hoisted over the wall, Melton said.
The man was unconscious and was being treated by paramedics when sheriff’s deputies arrived, Heying said. He was pronounced dead at Marin General Hospital.
Deputies believe alcohol was a factor in the incident, and the man’s death is being investigated by the county coroner’s office, Heying said.
The San Rafael Fire Department also responded to the incident.
JamesLanaras/KristinPeters, Bay City News
4:49 AM: Two people were rescued this morning after washing onto the shore near San Quentin State Prison, according to a prison lieutenant.
At about 1:30 a.m., guards patrolling the prison’s towers heard faint cries emanating from the shoreline and alerted authorities, San Quentin State Prison Lt. E. Melton said.
Upon closer inspection, prison guards spotted two individuals on the beach near the 6-foot retaining wall surrounding the facility beckoning for help.
Melton said that the victims, a man and a woman, told authorities that they were boating from unincorporated Corte Madera, located nearly 3.5 miles south of San Rafael, when their rowboat sank.
Firefighters from San Rafael Fire Department and deputies from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office were called in to assist with the rescue, Melton said.
The two victims were hoisted up and over the wall and transported to Marin General Hospital.
The condition of the victims remains unknown, but Melton said that the male victim was unresponsive after being lifted over the wall.
Kristen Peters, Bay City News