Coast Guard, Monterey Sheriff’s Office assist overdue pleasure craft near Big Sur, Calif.

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SAN FRANCISCO – The Coast Guard and Monterey Sherriff’s Office located three people aboard an overdue pleasure craft near Big Sur, Monday morning.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. Sunday, members at Coast Guard Sector San Francisco received a report of a 14-foot wooden hull pleasure craft with three people aboard, two male adults, ages 40 and 50, and an 11-year-old child. Coast Guard Station Monterey launched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew, and Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco launched a helicopter crew to search for the distressed vessel.

An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast was also issued to mariners to maintain vigilance in the area.

At approximately 12:25 a.m. Monday, a good Samaritan driving along Highway 1 observed a vessel flashing a white handheld light off Big Sur and notified the Monterey Sheriff’s Office, who later confirmed the reports of a flashing light.

The Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat and helicopter crews later arrived on scene and confirmed the vessel was the reported overdue pleasure craft. The vessel had lost propulsion and was drifting in the ocean.

“Great communication was established, and the coordination between the Coast Guard and Monterey Sherriff’s Office was key to a successful mission,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis Green, assigned to Coast Guard Station Monterey.

The sheriffs were able to use the lights on their vehicles to guide the way for the Coast Guard crews, said Green

The boat crew from Coast Guard Station Monterey towed the vessel safely back to Monterey.

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