Coast Guard suspends search for missing persons near Point Reyes

SAN FRANCISCO – The Coast Guard suspended the search for two missing persons from a capsized vessel near Point Reyes last night.

The Coast Guard and local agencies suspended the search for the two missing personnel at approximately 1055 p.m. yesterday evening after searching for over 10 hours. The search was suspended after the aircraft and water assets had saturated the search area with negative results.

The three Coast Guard water assets, two 47-foot motor lifeboats and one 25-foot utility boat, conducted 10 total searches. Five aircraft, three Coast Guard MH-65C Dolphins, one Air National Guard helicopter, and one Sonoma County Sheriff Department helicopter, conducted 7 separate searches. Two shore line teams, one from Marine County Fire Department and one from Point Reyes National Shoreline, conducted searches along the shoreline.

The Coast Guard received a report from a Good Samaritan at approximately 11:57 a.m. that a yellow hulled motor 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, Point Reyes National Seashore and Air National Guard were 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 continued to search for the remaining two individuals until the search was suspended.

Neither of the two people recovered from the water were wearing life jackets. The Coast Guard reminds boaters that there should be a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device on the vessel for each person, 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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