Coast Guard responds to kite surfer in distress

11th Coast Guard District News
SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a  kite surfer in distress after receiving a report from Foster City Fire Department at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 11, 2011.

A smallboat crew from U.S. Coast Guard Station San Francisco and an aircrew from Air Station San Francisco responded to the scene at approximately 7 p.m.

Foster City Fire Department rescue crews were able to recover the kite surfer; however, the smallboat crew recovered an adrift board that did not belong to the rescued surfer and began a new search and rescue case.

Using the phone number on the recovered board, rescue personnel were able to determine the board’s owner was on shore and safe.

The Coast Guard would like to stress the importance of properly labeling all gear with all contact information as well as filing a float plan.

These two simple tasks can both assist in making a successful search and rescue case as well as reduce the number of Coast Guard resources spent on unnecessary search and rescue cases.

For more information on float plans, click here.

For more information on labeling your gear, as well as the Coast Guard’s Operation Paddle Smart, click here.

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