Coast Guard rescues 2 after mayday call 8 miles west of Golden Gate Bridge

11th Coast Guard District NewsSAN FRANCISCO — Coast Guard rescue crews responded to a mayday call eight miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge Wednesday evening.

At approximately 7:50 p.m. the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center received a distress call from the 31-foot commercial fishing vessel Two Sons, that was taking on water with two people on board. The operator reports that the rate of flooding was estimated at 100 gallons per hour and they were only discharging 20 gallons per hour with onboard de-watering equipment.

The San Francisco Pilot Boat California, approximately four miles away, was diverted to the distress location at the Coast Guard’s request. Sector San Francisco launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco, a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Station Golden Gate, and the Coast Guard Cutter Tern, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat was also dispatched. Pilot Boat California arrived onscene first and remained until Coast Guard rescue units arrived. The 47-foot MLB and the Tern arrived on scene and transferred over two de-watering pumps. The operator reported that he was unable to keep the dewatering pumps running and was unable to keep up with the rate of incoming water. The Tern placed two of their own crewmembers aboard the Two Sons to assist with starting the pumps. The two crewmembers were able to get one of the de-watering pumps started and were able to completely de-water the vessel. The Tern escorted the Two Sons to pier 45 in San Francisco Bay.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters not to hesitate to call the Coast Guard in times of need and boaters are recommended to have other safety equipment such as life jackets, flares, and safety whistles that can help save lives and expedite response in the event of an emergency. The Coast Guard also recommends that all boaters be aware of the operating systems aboard their vessel and make sure they are in good working condition.

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2 Comments

  1. What was the role of Rescue21 in this rescue?

  2. cgnews says:

    I’ve no idea. You need to contact Sector San Francisco for that info.