Coast Guard hoists two boaters to safety

SAN FRANCISCO— The U.S. Coast Guard hoisted two men to safety today after their vessel began taking on water near Liberty Island in Dixon, Calif..

At 10:32 a.m. the Coast Guard received a report of a vessel taking on water near the Liberty Island Bridge. The two men were reportedly duck hunting when heavy winds began pushing waves over the side of their 10-foot boat. A Coast Guard 25-foot response boat from Station Rio Vista and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station San Francisco were dispatched to the scene to render assistance.

Unable to reach the boaters via response boat due to limited depth of water, the decision was made to hoist the two men into the Dolphin helicopter. Both men were safely hoisted and transported to Buchanan Field in Concord, Calif. where members of the Solano County Sheriffs Department awaited.

No injuries were reported.

With more storms forecasted to impact the Northern California coast throughout the week, the Coast Guard advises all mariners to have the proper safety equipment onboard and to exercise caution when out on the water.

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