NEWPORT BEACH, California – A visiting Taiwanese family was rescued by bystanders from their sinking rental van Jan. 13 after it was knocked off the Balboa vehicle ferry by a black Mercedez Benz, according to the Newport Beach Police Department.
According to police, about 9 a.m., Lisa Rene-Blaisure Waite, 47 years, of Balboa Island, struck the minivan as she was driving onto the ferry. The minivan was already parked and waiting on the ferry. The minivan breached the ferry’s safety bar and fell into Newport Bay, police said. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this incident, and the driver of the Mercedes Benz was not cited. The incident is being investigated as a marine accident.
Local boat owners immediately went out to rescue the family. The rescued family members were Chang, Kuo-Hsuan, 36 years, Chu, Lung-Hsn, 37 years, their daughter Chang, Ping Chung, 6 years, and son Chang, Ko Chan, 4 years.
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