Prison inmates rescue boaters from San Francisco Bay

(Reuters) - Ten San Quentin inmates helped rescue a man and woman after their boat overturned in the San Francisco Bay, authorities said on Thursday, but one of the boaters later died.

The inmates, who comprise the prison's fire department, were called into action around 1 a.m. on Wednesday after an officer heard cries and spotted the couple in obvious distress, about 20 feet from shore, Lt. Sam Robinson told Reuters.

The prisoners joined other area rescue agencies who were dispatched to the scene, wading into the water to pull the boaters to shore.

The unidentified woman, who had been wearing a life jacket, was treated for minor injuries and released but her companion, 44-year-old James Laurel, was "unresponsive and struggling" when rescuers arrived and went into cardiac arrest on the shore, Robinson said.  More 

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