Coast Guard Searching for Two People Near Point Reyes

SAN FRANCISCO – The Coast Guard, working with the local agencies, is searching for two people missing in the water north of Point Reyes after their vessel capsized in heavy surf.

The Coast Guard received a report from a Good Samaritan at approximately 11:57 a.m. that a yellow hulled vessel capsized in the surf off of Point Reyes National Seashore’s 10-Mile Beach, sending four people into the water.

Upon receiving the call, the Coast Guard immediately launched two MH-65C Dolphin helicopters, from Air Station San Francisco, and launched two 47-foot motor lifeboats, from Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department, Marin County Fire Department, National Park Service and Air National Guard are also actively assisting in the search.

Once on scene, the helicopters located two people in the water. A motor lifeboat crew recovered the two people and transferred them to Station Bodega Bay where the Sonoma County Deputy Sheriff declared the two individuals deceased. The Coast Guard continues to search for the remaining two individuals.

Neither of the two people recovered from the water were wearing life jackets. The Coast Guard reminds boaters that there should be a personal flotation device on the vessel for each person, Coast Guard approved and sized accordingly. Children 13 and under are required by law to wear a lifejacket while on the water.

The Coast Guard recommends that boaters check the inland and offshore weather prior to getting underway. Though conditions may be ideal where you launch your boat, the conditions could be hazardous in another area. The National Weather Service displays marine weather forecasts regularly on its web site http://www.weather.gov/. You may also listen to broadcasts throughout the day on VHF channel WX2. The Coast Guard broadcasts weather conditions on VHF channel 22A at 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.

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