Bystanders credited with saving life of child after boat capsized in Bay

Bystanders who gave a 4-year-old child CPR after the boat he was on capsized in the San Francisco Bay on Saturday afternoon are being credited with helping save his life, a San Francisco Fire Department spokesman said Sunday.

The 4-year-old was initially found unconscious and was not breathing when he was rescued, along with 29 other people who were also on the boat.

“Bystanders administering CPR was a huge contributing factor in the survival of the 4-year-old,” according to fire spokesman Jonathan Baxter.

The child was taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital along with his brother, mother and father, and at least four other victims were taken to different hospitals, Baxter said.

The boy was listed in critical condition but he is now doing well, San Francisco Public Health Department spokeswoman Rachael Kagan said.

The boy’s mother, brother and father were treated and released from the hospital, according to Kagan.

The other victims are also doing well, although it was not immediately clear if they remained hospitalized, Baxter said.

Around 4 p.m., 34-foot sailboat Khaleesi was carrying 30 people when it capsized about 100 yards off of Pier 45 in San Francisco, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.

Coast Guard crews were able to rescue 20 people from the water. A San Francisco Fire Department boat crew rescued eight people, while Good Samaritans rescued the two remaining victims, according to Coast Guard officials.

Some of the victims had become trapped under the hull, but bystanders, police, firefighters and Coast Guard crews rescued all 30 within 32 minutes, Coast Guard officials said.

As San Francisco Fleet Week wraps up Sunday, fire officials are recommending that anyone planning to go on a boat review Coast Guard boating tips, which can be found at http://www.uscgboating.org/recreational-boaters/boating-safety-courses.php.

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