A man is accused of throwing his 7-year-old son overboard after a fight on a cruise in Newport Harbor.
Witnesses said they saw Sloane Briles, 35, hit his son then toss the child in the water. People on three boats in the area rushed to save the boy, pulling him to safety, according to Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino. The boy was shaken up, but otherwise OK, Amormino said.
Briles also jumped in the water to save his son, but the boy had already been rescued.
Amormino says the incident began just before 2 p.m. Sunday when Briles and his girlfriend got into a verbal altercation aboard the boat. His two sons from a previous marriage, a 7-year-old and 6-year-old, were with him. Both boys apparently witnessed the argument and the 7-year-old was visibly upset, Amormino said.