The allure of a stunning sunset Tuesday led to a woman spending a cold night in a half-submerged boat in chilly Monterey Bay waters.
The 45-year-old woman, who took a motorized dinghy from the Monterey wharf area to watch the sunset from an open-water perch, was rescued after being spotted by a fishing boat about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday.
"She had on a life jacket, which probably saved her life," said Coast Guard Lt. Charles Stanley.
The woman, a San Diego resident, was taken to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula after a Coast Guard boat brought her ashore from the rescue point 1½ miles off Lovers Point in Pacific Grove.
Her condition was "well for being out there for approximately 15 hours in very cold water and cold air," Stanley said.
No one had reported the woman missing, Stanley said. Her name was not released.
The rubberized dinghy started to lose air, then the motor fell off, then it got dark and a fog swept in over the water.
The woman shot off a few flares during the night, but no one saw them probably because of the thick fog, Stanley said.
The half-submerged boat apparently drifted throughout the night. But details of the woman's ordeal were a little fuzzy because of her hypothermia, Stanley said.
The fishing boat that spotted her was just passing by the area, and its crew alerted the Coast Guard.
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