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Monday, May 23, 2011
More people in the water yesterday, but thankfully they were much closer to shore. An extremely overloaded boat of clammers couldn't get clear of the shore on the windward side of Clam Island. Another boat stopped to help and the panicked clammers grabbing the side of the rescuing boat flipped the boat over. Someone called 911 and the Sonoma County Sheriff's helicopter arrived to ferry seven people back to the mainland. With five people removed from the 12 foot boat, the four others were able to get the boat off the island. A third boat launched and retrieved the samaritan's disabled boat.