9 Hospitalized After Boat Capsizes at Lake Piru in Ventura County

Fifteen people, including several children, were treated for injuries after the boat they were aboard capsized at Lake Piru on Sunday afternoon, Ventura County fire officials said.

The victims, most of whom were wearing life jackets, were pulled from the water by rescuers who rushed to the lake in the Los Padres National Forest before 4:30 p.m., officials said.

At least nine children were on board, including two infants, officials said. One of the babies was in a car seat and was not wearing a life jacket. He was kept afloat by two adults.

All of the victims ingested water, but were breathing after being rescued, officials said.

Nine people were taken to the hospital with mostly minor injuries, officials said. The rest declined medical assistance.

All 15 people were expected to be OK.

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Fire and lake officials said the boat likely capsized because there were too many people on board.

According to fire officials, a ranger who was surveying the lake noticed that the boat appeared to be in distress. Rangers then called 911, prompting a multi-agency rescue operation.

At least three ambulances, a park ranger vessel and a Ventura County Sheriff's Office helicopter were part of the rescue.

One person was cited for having a child without a life jacket on.

Kate Larsen contributed to this report.

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