Coast Guard investigating woman's fatal fall onboard whale-watch - San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 - cbs8.com

Coast Guard investigating woman's fatal fall onboard whale-watching boat

Posted: Updated:

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The U.S. Coast Guard Monday was investigating the death of an 84-year-old woman who fell down some stairs on a whale-watching boat Sunday.

The accident aboard the 100-foot Marietta, a two-deck tour boat operated by San Diego Harbor Excursions, occurred about 11:30 a.m. when the vessel was about 5 miles offshore, Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Henry Dunphy said.

The woman's name was unavailable Monday. She was taken to the pier at the foot of West Broadway and turned over to paramedics, who took her to a hospital where she was declared dead, Dunphy said.

The Coast Guard investigates deaths and injuries onboard vessels for hire, he said.

"We investigate to see if all the correct safety procedures were followed and if there's any recommendations we can make to improve safety on the boat," Dunphy said.

The Marietta is rated for up to 525 people.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Sudden storm rips through San Diego

    Sudden storm rips through San Diego

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 3:42 AM EDT2014-09-17 07:42:34 GMT
    Parts of San Diego were hit by a surprise storm Tuesday that pounded local communities and toppled scores of trees. 
    Parts of San Diego were hit by a surprise storm Tuesday that pounded local communities and toppled scores of trees. 
  • San Diego fiance pleads for Hurricane Odile aid

    San Diego fiance pleads for Hurricane Odile aid

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 1:17 AM EDT2014-09-17 05:17:17 GMT
    Hurricane Odile crashed one San Diego woman's bachelorette party in Cabo San Lucas. Rachel Lemay and her friends are among the thousands of tourists left stranded in the aftermath of what is now Tropical Storm Odile. And now Lemay's fiancé, who is in San Diego, is requesting humanitarian aid. 
    Hurricane Odile crashed one San Diego woman's bachelorette party in Cabo San Lucas. Rachel Lemay and her friends are among the thousands of tourists left stranded in the aftermath of what is now Tropical Storm Odile. And now Lemay's fiancé, who is in San Diego, is requesting humanitarian aid. 
  • California drivers must give bikes 3-foot buffer

    California drivers must give bikes 3-foot buffer

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:34:14 GMT
    Californians will now need to take extra care to steer clear of cyclists. 
    Californians will now need to take extra care to steer clear of cyclists. 
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.