Woman falls off boat, drowns in Dana Point

Posted at 3:56 PM, Jun 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-26 13:13:55-04

The Coroner's Office Sunday publicly named the 65-year-old woman who drowned when she fell into Dana Point Harbor.

The woman was identified as Eileen Taylor, 65, of Dana Point, according to the coroner's office.

Taylor and her husband were either on a dock or in a small boat at 12:30 a.m. Saturday when "somehow she fell in (the water)," said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.

There were conflicting reports as to the exact circumstances behind the accident.

"The husband dove in, was able to locate her and pulled her head above water," Concialdi said. The man yelled for help and Harbor Patrol deputies responded, pulling the woman onto the dock where they began CPR.

Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Mark Stichter said the couple "had some drinks" at the yacht club, adding that it was "completely undetermined" if alcohol was a factor in their falling into the water.

The drowning was in the west basin of the harbor, said Orange County sheriff's Lt. John Roche.

Paramedics began advanced life support when they arrived and took Taylor to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach, Concialdi said. She was pronounced dead at 1:32 a.m. Saturday, according to the coroner's office.

"The husband was obviously very distraught," Concialdi said. "He did everything he could."