Coast Guard Conducts Search for Origins of Debris

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The Coast Guard conducted a multi-asset search today after receiving reports of a debris field west of the Golden Gate Bridge. The search was suspended after more than six hours of searching by Coast Guard boats, air assets, and mobile units uncovered no new information.

At 7:02 a.m., the crew of a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Golden Gate reported seeing a debris field one mile southwest of the Point Bonita lighthouse. The Coast Guard immediately launched an HH-65 Helicopter from Air Station San Francisco, as well as the Cutter Hawksbill, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat.

Additional overflights were conducted throughout the day by a Coast Guard Auxiliary Air Unit, and a Coast Guard C-130 from Air Station Sacramento. Shoreline searches were also performed by National Park Service personnel.

Coast Guard investigators recovered an 8-foot, yellow inflatable boat, a block of orange synthetic buoyant material, and two wooden boards from the area where the debris was initially sighted. No identifying marks were found on any of the items, and closer inspection of the wooden materials indicated they are not from the hull of a vessel.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Francisco conducted callouts to local marinas and harbors, and did not find any new information on the debris. No other correlating reports of distress were received today.

At 1:41 p.m., the Coast Guard suspended the search based upon the lack of information correlating the debris to a vessel in distress, despite extensive search efforts.

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