Adrift for almost 19 hours in a powerless boat, six teen-agers arrived at Dana Point Harbor sunburned but unhurt, and a few of them knelt and kissed the ground.
Their ordeal began about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when the engine on their 19-foot powerboat coughed and died about 20 miles from the coast on a trip from Santa Catalina Island to Dana Point.
When they had not arrived by 9:30 p.m., parents notified the Coast Guard at Long Beach, and an air and sea search started. The teen-agers, meanwhile, fired off flares, which brought a fishing boat to their rescue.
The teen-agers are Tim Bush, Robert John Mayer and Carrie Larson, all 17 and all of San Clemente; Valerie Gay, 15, of San Clemente, and Sabrina Clark, 17, and David Curtis, 16, both of San Juan Capistrano.