Coast Guard air crew rescues 2 mariners, dog from Sacramento River Delta

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ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Coast Guard rescued two people and one dog from the northern area of Grizzly Bay near Suisun City, Calif., Friday, at approximately 10:48 p.m.

Watchstanders from he Coast Guard  Sector San Francisco Command Center received notification from Coast Guard Station Vallejo that they were conducting a search for a disabled 19-foot blue and white recreational vessel with two mariners aboard that launched out of Suisun Marina. Crewmembers from Station Vallejo determined that due to the remote location of the vessel and the shallow water, their response boat was unsuited for the conditions.

The Coast Guard rescued two people and one dog off the northern area of Grizzly Bay near Suisun City, Calif., Friday, May 9, 2014. The rescue crew safely hoisted both survivors and their dog, Pritzie, into the helicopter. They were then transported to Concord Airport where they were greeted by family members. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The Coast Guard rescued two people and one dog off the northern area of Grizzly Bay near Suisun City, Calif., Friday, May 9, 2014. The Coast Guard rescued two people and one dog off the northern area of Grizzly Bay near Suisun City, Calif., Friday, May 9, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

A helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco was launched to assist the mariners.

The rescue crew safely hoisted both survivors and their dog Pritzie into the helicopter. They were then transported to Concord Airport where family members greeted them.

“That was an interesting rescue; it was the first time that I had the chance to rescue a dog,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Corey Fix, an aviation survival technician. “I’ll always remember this case.”

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