Coast Guard rescues windsurfer near Davenport

ALAMEDA — A Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station San Francisco rescued a windsurfer Wednesday, June 6, approximately two nautical miles west of Davenport, Calif., after the windsurfer reported his mast broke.

At 5:22 p.m. on June 6, 2012 Coast Guard Sector San Francisco received a distress call over VHF-CH 16 from the distressed windsurfer. The windsurfer was wearing a wetsuit and stated he was still on his yellow board. He described the on-scene weather as 30 knots of wind and a rough sea state.

A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Monterey and a HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco were launched. At 6:17 p.m. the helicopter crew located the individual and deployed a rescue swimmer to hoist the man to safety. He did not have any injuries and was transported to San Francisco where he was met by family members. Seas were reported at 12-feet during the rescue.

The Coast Guard encourages all mariners to leave a float plan with a friend or relative before recreating on the water. Among other things, a float plan indicates how long a person is expected to be out on the water and instructions on who to contact if that person doesn’t return at the time indicated. More information on float plans and an example of one are available HERE.

The Coast Guard also recommends those wearing a lifejacket at all times while underway since accidents may happen quickly and without warning. It is also recommended that individuals have a marine band radio, including windsurfers and kite-surfers.

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