Coast Guard enforces safety zone for America’s Cup

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
SAN FRANCISCO —  Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team San Francisco is enforcing the safety zones during the 2013 America’s Cup in the San Francisco Bay.

“The safety zone is in effect starting at approximately 11 a.m., but it can vary depending on scheduling and wind speeds,” said Chief Petty Officer Michael Lutz, the public affairs officer for America’s Cup.

The Coast Guard is working alongside various local agencies, including the San Francisco Police Department, the Army Corps of Engineers and the San Francisco Fire Department to ensure the safety of spectators of the event by patroling the marked zones for the race. Safety zones are also established and enforced to ensure the continued flow of maritime commerce by keeping the deep draft vessel lanes operational.

“Working with the Coast Guard has been great; we assist with enforcing the safety zone and if necessary, with law enforcement,” said Officer Mark Monpas with the San Francisco Police Department.

There are approximately three teams in the race. On-water spectators can watch the race from the designated spectator areas in the vicinity of Alcatraz Island and the piers in the northeast areas of the city.

Click the photo for more pictures from the event.

A 25-foot Response Boat from the Maritime Safety and Security Team San Francisco patrols along the safety zone in the San Francisco Bay during the 2013 America's Cup race Wednesday, August 7, 2013. The Coast Guard's role during the race is to ensure that spectators stay outside of the safety zone. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Erika Lindquist)

A 25-foot Response Boat from the Maritime Safety and Security Team San Francisco patrols along the safety zone in the San Francisco Bay during the 2013 America’s Cup race Wednesday, August 7, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Erika Lindquist)

 

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