Sloane Briles allegedly argued with his girlfriend in front of his two boys, aged six and seven, from a previous marriage, which caused the eldest child to start crying. Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino told KTLA: "The father hit him several times and then threatened to throw him overboard if he didn't stop crying." When the boy didn't stop, he carried out his threat, tossing the boy off the boat which was cruising around Newport Harbour, CA. Amormino added that the child was not an expert swimmer.
He said: "The crowd on the boat became very angry at the father for hitting the kid and extremely angry when he threw him overboard."
The child was rescued by another boater after three flocked to help. Briles also jumped in to save him, but the boy had already been helped.
Authorities believe Briles had been drinking and he was combative during his arrest.
Both boys were returned to their mother's care are shaken up but otherwise unharmed.
Briles was booked on suspicion of child endangerment and resisting arrest and was released Monday morning after posting bail.