Coast Guard Assists Sailing Vessel with Broken Mast

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Coast Guard, working with the San Francisco Police Department Marine Unit, rescued two people today from their 26-foot sailing vessel after it began taking on water just east of Alcatraz Island.

At 2:45 p.m., Coast Guard Sector San Francisco received a distress call from the crew of the vessel “Edith May,” and immediately launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Golden Gate. The San Francisco Police Department and Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat crew arrived on scene by approximately 3 p.m., to find the vessel’s mast had broken causing the vessel to lean. It had partially taken on water but was in good condition. The Coast Guard crew then proceeded to tow the vessel to Pier 45.

There were no reported injuries by any passengers onboard the vessel.

This incident serves as a reminder to the boating public to ensure there is a lifejacket available for every person onboard the vessel, and to wear the lifejackets while underway, regardless of the weather conditions. Additionally, today’s approximate water temperature in San Francisco Bay is 62 degrees (Fahrenheit). Exposure to water of this temperature for more than one hour may result in hypothermia, unconsciousness or possibly death.

As we approach a holiday weekend where there may be more vessels on the water than usual, members of the boating public are reminded to reduce risk factors, file a float plan with a friend or family member and have a working VHF-FM radio and electronic position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) on board. Doing these simple tasks could save your live or the life of your passengers.

Additional information on safe and secure boating practices can be found at the Coast Guard’s Office of Boating Safety page at http://www.uscgboating.org .

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