"He'll flap his wings and even get aggressive sometimes," Sgt. Ron
On Monday, Rupert pecked at the two teenagers while they struggled to
get their 17-foot Hunter rental sailboat back up, he said.
The boat capsized behind the docks off the Chart House Restaurant in
the 2800 block of West Coast Highway about 5:53 p.m.
People having dinner watched out the restaurant's bay-side windows in
amusement as the harbor patrol deputies assisted the two young men.
"Usually in such cases, if the people are not hurt and can swim, we
ask them to assist us," Peoples said. "They put a line on the [capsized]
boat and then get the guys in the water to go on the opposite side and
flip the boat over."
He said the water was 17 to 20 feet deep in that area. The names of
the two teenagers were not available, but Peoples said they worked for a
local sailboat rental company.
He said these incidents are pretty common in Newport Beach, with a
number of yacht clubs offering sailboat classes.
"It's common more so in the summer," Peoples said.
Tom O'Loughlin, a Newport Beach resident who watched the episode from
the restaurant, said he has seen sailboats tip over several times.
"Yeah, it's a common accident," he said. "It happens a lot when you're
trying to take sharp turns. But these kids weren't struggling. They
seemed to be OK."