Coast Guard assists 2 divers in distress near Monterey

Coast Guard Station Monterey 47-foot motor lifeboat file photo. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Swanson

Coast Guard Station Monterey 47-foot motor lifeboat file photo. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Swanson

SAN FRANCISCO — A Coast Guard boat crew assisted two divers in distress near Lovers Point in Monterey Bay, Friday, after they drifted approximately one-half mile from their boat.

The crew of the passenger vessel Blackfin notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Francisco at 2:27 p.m. that they spotted divers flying their distress flag but could not pick them up because the Blackfin was at full passenger capacity.

The Blackfin remained on scene until a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Monterey arrived at 2:55 p.m. to pull the divers out of the water and take them back to their boat.

“The Blackfin did us a great service by remaining on scene and keeping a visual account of the divers until our crew arrived,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Mullen, an operation unit controller at Coast Guard Sector San Francisco. “The Coast Guard is always on call, but responsible boaters can be our eyes and ears on the water. We encourage boaters who see anything out of the ordinary to let us know.”

The divers reported no medical concerns.

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