3 killed as boat capsizes off Catalina Island

AVALON, Calif. (AP) — A boat that may have been hit by a wave capsized off the backside of Santa Catalina Island on Saturday, killing three men.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said four survivors were rescued after the 15-foot skiff overturned off of Salta Verde Point.

Two men were in hospitalized in critical condition, and two other men were listed in fair condition.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the Pacific Quest, a chartered fishing boat, reported the capsizing at around 9:30 a.m., and pulled four men from the water, but two seemed unresponsive.

A Coast Guard helicopter pulled another person from some rocks, lifeguards pulled one from the water and another was found on a beach.

Waves in the area were reported to be between 4 and 6 feet.