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Men rescued from capsized boat in Long Beach

June 9, 2011 |  4:23 pm

Long Beach police working port patrol rescued two men whose boat capsized Thursday.

The two maintenance workers' boat capsized about 9:40 a.m. and within minutes, Long Beach police officers found the men and their overturned boat, police spokeswoman Lisa Massacani said.

One of the men was able to swim to shore but the other man was clinging to the vessel when officers arrived. Except for being shaken up by the incident, both men were uninjured. The police officers were able to turn the small boat upright and pump the water from it so that it could be towed away, according to Massacani.

The port patrol was formed in the aftermath of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and works with federal authorities to keep the Port of Long Beach secure. More than $140 billion in cargo moves through the port, making it the second-busiest in the United States.


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