Coast Guard Conducts Rescue, Sailing Vessel Tow, in Drakes Bay

SAN FRANCISCO – The Coast Guard rescued an injured mariner by towing a sailing vessel to safety inside the San Francisco Bay, yesterday.

At 3:40 p.m. on Saturday, November 1st, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco received notification that the Sailing Vessel Druthers, en-route from Neah Bay, Washington, to southern ports of call with one person onboard, may have issued a distress signal. Though all attempts to contact the vessel by marine band radio yielded no results, the distress signal had originated in Drakes Bay. A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Station Golden Gate, and an HH-65 “Dolphin” helicopter from Air Station San Francisco were immediately launched, and an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast was issued to alert other mariners in the vicinity.

At approximately 5 p.m., the helicopter and Motor Lifeboat arrived on scene, and determined that the mariner had sustained minor injuries, and was in stable condition. Due to wind and sea conditions, the rescue crews decided to take the vessel in tow.

The vessels arrived safely at Pier 45 in San Francisco at 12:30 a.m. this morning. Emergency Medical Services transported the injured mariner to a local hospital, where he is in good condition.

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