Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay crew rescues three from water in Tomales Bay

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ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Coast Guard rescued three individuals from the water in Tomales Bay, Sunday morning.

At approximately 8:30 a.m., Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center personnel received notification that three individuals went into the water just off Lawson’s Landing when their raft deflated.

Watchstanders coordinated with Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay, who launched a rescue boatcrew and notified Inverness Fire Department of the incident.

Sector San Francisco issued a Urgent Marine Information Broadcast for anyone in the area to assist, and launched an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco.

Once on scene, the Station Bodega Bay rescue boatcrew quickly located and safely recovered all three individuals from the water and transferred them to Lawson’s Landing where Inverness Fire Department personnel evaluated the individuals for hypothermia.

The individuals were not wearing personal flotation devices, nor were they properly prepared for exposure to the elements.

“The Coast Guard recommends all mariners wear approved flotation devices while on the water, since many accidents occur quickly and unexpectedly,” said Cmdr. Matthew Thompson, search and rescue mission coordinator for Coast Guard Sector San Francisco. “It is also extremely prudent to wear proper clothing in order to reduce the effects of exposure to the elements, which include our extremely cold waters offshore and in the bays of Northern California.”

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