- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Rescuers plucked four men from the heaving ocean outside Long Beach Harbor after their open boat capsized in big swells before dawn Wednesday.

A lifeguard boat crew made the rescue shortly before 7 a.m., Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher Ray Dong said.

A small craft advisory was in effect for Southern California for seas from 6 feet to 8 feet and gusty west-northwest winds spawned by a low-pressure system, the National Weather Service said.

The four men were a group a friends heading out on a fishing trip.

“It was rough water, high winds, the tide was coming in hard, very hard. We tried to turn back, but the water was coming in too fast,” Kevin Frentescu told KABC-TV (https://bit.ly/1IhsCsk). “Then all of a sudden, as soon as the water came in from the back, the engine stopped because of all the water.”

The group held onto the swamped boat for nearly 90 minutes.

“We tried to stay positive as much as we can, and just hoping that somebody sees us, we wanted a helicopter to fly over us, just something,” Robert Terado said.

That something turned out to be a passing tanker. Its crew spotted the men and summoned help. County and city rescue boats headed out.

“I keep thinking about the holidays, my birthday is next month, and I’m like, great,” Terado said. “But we made it OK, so we can’t think about what could have happened, because it didn’t happen.”

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