Coast Guard assists 9 aboard distressed charter fishing vessel

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard assisted a charter fishing vessel taking on water Sunday with nine people aboard in the vicinity of Duxbury Reef, Calif.

Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders received a mayday distress broadcast from the charter fishing vessel Flash Sunday morning.

The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast for all vessels in the vicinity to be on the lookout and to assist the fishing vessel. Commercial fishing vessel Superfish arrived on scene and safely removed seven passengers. The master of the vessel and a crewmember stayed aboard to combat flooding.

Two boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Golden Gate arrived on scene and transferred two dewatering pumps to the Flash. The remaining crewmember was transferred to Superfish, and all eight people were taken to Pier 45. A crewmember from Coast Guard Station Golden Gate assisted the master in dewatering the vessel.

A helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco delivered a third dewatering pump to the Flash. The master and Coast Guard crewmember were able to plug the leak. One of the Station Golden Gate’s rescue boats placed the vessel in tow and are enroute to Pier 45.

“Commercial Fishing Vessel Superfish’s quick response to the urgent marine information broadcast aided in the successful removal of all passengers from a vessel had the situation worsened,” said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Shawn Lansing, Sector San Francisco command center supervisor. “Mariners are encourage to monitor VHF FM Channel 16 and respond to these broadcast if able.”

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