Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 2 near Alcatraz Island

A vessel that ran aground onto Alcatraz Island, Calif., remains ashore after the two boaters who were on board were rescued from the water, Aug. 29, 2017. A good Samaritan sailing vessel, the Bay Wolf retrieved one person from the water, and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew rescued the other. U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo.

A vessel that ran aground onto Alcatraz Island, Calif., remains ashore after the two boaters who were on board were rescued from the water, Aug. 29, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

SAN FRANCISCO — A good Samaritan and a Coast Guard aircrew rescued two people from the water after their raft ran aground and took on water near Alcatraz Island, Tuesday night.

Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast on VHF-FM channel 16 after they received a report around 6:20 p.m., of a grounded vessel with two people in the water near Alcatraz Island.

Crews from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco, Coast Guard Station San Francisco and Coast Guard Station Golden Gate launched. The crew of the sailing vessel Bay Wolf was able to retrieve one person from the water before Coast Guard crews arrived and later took the man to shore. The other person swam to a beach at the base of Alcatraz Island.

The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station San Francisco hoisted the man from the beach and transported him to the air station.

“We are thankful to the crew of the Bay Wolf for monitoring channel 16 and responding to the call for help,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Brent Reid, a Sector San Francisco command center watchstander who helped coordinate the rescue. “Response time is critical in the cold and unforgiving waters of the San Francisco Bay, and responsive boaters are a valuable asset to the success of rescue operations.”

There were no reported medical concerns. Park rangers were unable to recover the remnants of the raft after the rescue.

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