Coast Guard tows disabled vessel with man and dog on San Francisco Bay

USCG file photo

ALAMEDA, Calif. — A 25-foot Response Boat crew, from Coast Guard Station San Francisco, successfully towed a disabled vessel to its homeport in San Leandro Marina tonight.

The 33-foot cabin cruiser Yada Yada Yada was previously reported to be a sailing vessel. The disabled boat had one man and a dog aboard when it incurred engine trouble.

Coast Guard Sector San Francisco received a mayday call from a distressed sailor at 3:18 p.m. The man stated that he felt like his 33-foot boat was going to capsize. The Coast Guard immediately launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco and a 25-foot response boat, from Station San Francisco.

At approximately 4:25 p.m. a Coast Guard helicopter crew arrived on scene and lowered a rescue swimmer to verify the safety of the man and dog aboard the boat. After the Coast Guard’s response boat arrived on-scene and the rescue swimmer determined the man and dog were healthy and safe, the helicopter left the scene.

A 41-foot Utility Boat from Station San Francisco was launched from Yerba Buena Island at 5:15 p.m., but prior to arriving on scene with the disabled boat it was determined not to be needed because the weather conditions had subsided enough for the 25-foot RBS to conduct the tow. The crew of the RBS started the tow at approximately 5:45 p.m. The disabled boat and the occupants of the boat were safely moored by 6:45 p.m.

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