Coast Guard coordinates rescue of 8 off Tiburon

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SAN FRANCISCO — At approximately 12:40 p.m. Saturday, the Coast Guard was notified of a pleasure craft that had caught fire a half a mile off Tiburon, Calif.

The vessel had three children and five adults on board and all were wearing their lifejackets.

The Coast Guard dispatched a 45-foot Response Boat Medium from Coast Guard Station San Francisco, an MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco, and notified other vessels in the area that assistance was needed. With the billowing smoke and unbearably hot conditions onboard, the Coast Guard instructed the personnel to enter the water and link arms to stay together. A pleasure craft in the area was able to retrieve all eight people from the water.

Tiburon Fire Department’s boat responded and put out the fire. The rescued people were taken to Loch Lomond Marina in San Rafael, Calif. No injuries were reported.

This response highlights the importance of having proper safety equipment on board vessels, especially lifejackets. With the summer season just around the corner, the Coast Guard would like to remind boaters that the Coast Guard Auxiliary offers no-fault vessel safety checks which help verify the presence and condition of certain equipment required by state and federal regulations. More information here: http://cgaux.org/vsc/

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