Authorities towed a small fishing boat into Newport Harbor on Thursday morning after it capsized the near the harbor's entrance the night before. Both men on the vessel who were fishing for lobster were unhurt.
About 7 a.m., a beachgoer spotted the boat about 100 yards offshore at Crystal Cove State Beach and notified authorities, said Orange County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Dave Ginter. Deputies were unable to reach it by boat because it was too close to shore, so a Newport Beach lifeguard swam a line to the boat.
About 10 a.m., two Harbor Patrol boats towed it through the harbor entrance channel but struggled to keep it afloat because it had taken on water, Ginter said. They eventually tied it up to a mooring, and the owners retrieved it with the help of a vessel assistance company.