- Associated Press - Sunday, June 22, 2014

AVALON, Calif. (AP) - Four men were hurt early Sunday after their small private fishing vessel ran aground off Catalina Island in the early morning hours, authorities said.

The boat ran aground between 3 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. and were rescued by Los Angeles County Fire Department lifeguards stationed on the island after they radioed for help, said Katherine Main, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

One man was critically injured and three others were in fair condition, Main said. A fifth person was not seriously hurt, she said.

Weather prevented a helicopter rescue, so the lifeguards took the victims by boat to a Los Angeles fire station in San Pedro, on the mainland, where they were taken by ambulance for treatment, said Dani Pollard, a paramedic at the Bay Watch Avalon station.

The small boat hit rocks at Long Point, a lighthouse about halfway between Two Harbors and Avalon on the island’s north shore, said Ray Dong, a dispatcher with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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