Boaters were in for a horrific ride when their 35-foot speed boat sank near Marina del Ray, Calif., on Sunday, CBS Los Angeles reported.
The U.S. Coast Guard received a call about the sinking boat just before 5 p.m., the station reported.
Boater Darci Tormey was able to capture footage right before their rescue and posted it on Snapchat.
“I think that’s when it started to sink in, when people started to panic,” Tormey told CBS Los Angeles.
Tormey’s friend on the boat called the Coast Guard but told CBS Los Angeles that the back of the boat had already started sinking.
“We went on top of the roof of the boat to put weight towards the front,” Tormey said.
However, that didn’t help.
“So the nose of the boat was up like this and we slid into the water,” Tormey told CBS Los Angeles. “You couldn’t hold on to anything and the boat is going into the water too. So when the boat went into the water, we did too.”
The Coast Guard and Sheriff’s rescuers ended up finding them in the water about a mile from the Dockweiler State Beach and brought them back to Marina del Ray. Even though deputies said they were in the water for only a few minutes, they said it was long enough for boaters to have slight hypothermia.
Once Tormey made it out safely, she said she couldn’t believe what had happened and was in shock that her cell phone was still intact.
Authorities said a dozen people were rescued.