Updated: Mon, 02 Sep 2013 20:31:59 GMT | By Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News

Calif. fisherman drowns after being pulled underwater by crab pot



Empty crab pots sit on pier at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco in 2012.

Empty crab pots sit on pier at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco in 2012.

A man drowned after he was pulled off a boat and into a Northern California bay by a crab pot on Sunday, authorities said.

The Marin County Fire Department got a call around 10 a.m. on Sunday that a man had fallen over the side of a boat into Tomales Bay, said John Dell'Osso, chief of interpretation and resource education at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Dell’Osso said the man was fishing with two other people when unbeknownst to the fisherman, his leg tangled in the rope attached to a crab pot, a commercial trap used for catching the crustaceans under water.

When the man lowered the apparatus into the water, it yanked him along with it, and he was dragged underwater by the weight, Dell’Osso said.

Rescuers helicoptered to the bay immediately and recovered the man’s body, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, Dell’Osso said.

Dell’Osso said the man’s name has not yet been released. Investigators are also looking into whether or not foul play was involved, he added.

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