Coast Guard Bay Area crews rescue 25 disabled kitesurfers, windsurfers

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SAN FRANCISCO — Between 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Coast Guard crews responded to 25 disabled kiteboarders and windsurfers in the vicinity of Crissy Field, in San Francisco.

Coast Guard Station Golden Gate personnel launched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat and 29-foot Response Boat-Small, and Coast Guard Auxiliary personnel assisted with rescue efforts by providing additional waterborne assets.

“It was critical to locate and recover every disabled kiteboarder and windsurfer as San Francisco Bay is the gateway to seven busy commercial ports frequented by large ship traffic,” said Capt. Greg Stump, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco commander.

The Coast Guard urges all watersport enthusiasts to wear a life jacket and carry a VHF marine radio when taking to the water.

With the low water temperatures experienced in the San Francisco Bay, it is essential for all windsurfers and kitesurfers to wear a wetsuit of sufficient thickness to prevent the onset of hypothermia.

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