SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — A man who was pulled from the water by San Quentin State Prison staff and inmates after his boat capsized has died.

San Quentin Lt. Sam Robinson says an officer in one of the prison’s towers spotted the man and a woman in the water around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The prison’s fire department, which includes inmates, noticed the man was struggling to stay afloat and pulled him from the water. Marin County Sheriff’s Lt. Barry Heying says he was later pronounced dead at Marin General Hospital.

The woman was treated for exposure and released. Neither has been identified.

Heying says the pair were in a 14-foot motorboat that developed engine trouble after leaving a dock on Corte Madera Creek. The man apparently fell overboard while trying to restart the engine and then tipped the boat over.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (9)
  1. Jesse Snow says:

    Someone who should not have been on the water. From the water you pull yourself into a small boat from over the stern so as not to capsize it. Sadly he did not know this, also, you do not stand up in a small boat to pull on the starter rope, too easy to lose your balance,,,, as he found out. A tragic loss of life for no reason other than not knowing the simple skills needed to stay safe.

    1. BigRed53 says:

      @ Jesse – Thank you fior the tip. I had never thought of that before. Perhaps it’s just so darned obvious that it becomes much like the saying :You can’t see the forest for the trees. Again, thanks for the tip that just might save anothers life.

  2. gary says:

    darwin at his best … if you can’t flipping swim, stay on shore!

  3. cl8978 says:

    Can you Say Life Jacket?

  4. Bob says:

    hard to feel sorry for him, like Forrest Gump said “stupid is as stupid does”

  5. DasRick88 says:


  6. Michael Casey says:

    Why is it that stories like this one always prompt such mean, small minded dweebs like Bob, Gary, c18978 to make snide comments. They think themselves so inteligent that tradgedy would never strike there lives. What fools.

  7. Johnny88 says:

    @gary. No need to be mean. The water is really very very cold and he could have easy been struggling. Try to be happy man.

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