Coast Guard responds to Bay Area bridge jumper

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard NewsALAMEDA, Calif. — Coast Guard crews responded to report of a woman who jumped from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, early Sunday morning.

At approximately 2 a.m., Sunday, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center watchstanders received a call from the California Highway Patrol stating that they were in pursuit of a woman for a suspected D.U.I. The woman reportedly stopped her car on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and jumped off.

Crews from Coast Guard Station San Francisco, the Coast Guard Cutter Tern, and Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco were all launched to assist. CHP dispatched a Tiburon Fire Department fireboat, Marin County Sheriffs and San Quentin Corrections Officers were dispatched shoreside. Sector San Francisco personnel notified the Tug Aline Elizabeth who was nearby who responded to aid in the search for the woman.

The CHP officer on the bridge maintained visual on the woman for about 45 minutes before she swam out of sight.

The crew of the Tern was able to locate the woman but due to the shallow water none of the surface assets were able to get near to her.

An Air Station San Francsico helicopter deployed their rescue swimmer who rescued the woman. She was reportedly suffering from hypothermia and taken to Stanford Hospital, Stanford, Calif., for medical treatment.

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