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Boats overturned during Mission Bay fishing tournament

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8/CNS) -- Lifeguard officials said waves breaking in the entrance to Mission Bay caused havoc at a fishing tournament Saturday, with six people flipped into heavy seas and a rescue boat overturning as well.

The contest was canceled and other boaters were prohibited from transiting the channel as a strong northwest swell, and cold and windy weather, battered the channel south of Mission Beach, said San Diego lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum.

"It was very cold and windy with severe conditions out there," he said. Waves 8 to 10 feet high were breaking between the jetties, in a harbor entrance that is being dredged to lessen wave hazards.

San Diego lifeguards ordered boats to stay in port after a fishing competition began with the first boat heading to sea capsizing. The brand-new fishing boat, about 20 to 25 feet long, had six people on board when it was submerged by a large breaking wave in the channel, Lerum said.

The boaters were in the 62-degree water for about 30 minutes before lifeguards reached them, he said. One man was conscious when was taken by ambulance to a hospital, and a woman also was hospitalized for exhaustion and hypothermia, Lerum said, and both are expected to survive.

About 10:30 a.m., two lifeguards in a boat about 22 feet long were attempting to tow the fishing boat back into Mission Bay when it overturned, Lerum said. Those lifeguards were were rescued quickly without injury.

The harbor entrance remained closed until conditions improve, he said.

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