Good Samaritan assists five after vessel overturns

DESTIN, Fla. (Aug. 24, 2005) - A 47-foot rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Destin performs a basket hoist today with an HH-65B Dolphin rescue aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans.  Coast Guard boatcrews are required to perform hoisting drills in order to prepare for search and rescue missions.  U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 2nd Class NyxoLyno Cangemi

USCG file photo

SAN FRANCISCO – A Good Samaritan rescued five people from an overturned vessel north of Bodega Bay, this morning.

At approximately 9:10 a.m. this morning, the Coast Guard received notification from a Good Samaritan that a 21-foot Cabo recreational vessel with five people aboard had overturned less than a half mile west of Arched Rock. Four adult males and one adult female were aboard the vessel.

The Coast Guard launched a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco and a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay. The Good Samaritan, in a 22-foot Boston Whaler, was able to recover the five individuals and transfer them to the Coast Guard motor lifeboat, which met them en route to Bodega Bay by 9:47 a.m.

One of the males, age 60, was reported unresponsive and was administered CPR en route to Station Bodega Bay. The four others were treated for hypothermia.

Upon return to Station Bodega Bay, the Bodega Bay Fire Department declared the man deceased. Two others were transferred to hospitals, one to Kaiser Medical Center in Santa Rosa and one to Palm Drive Hospital. The remaining two people are reported to be in good condition.

The Cabo and the Boston Whaler were reported crabbing when a line got caught in the Cabo’s propeller and waves overturned the vessel.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to check the weather prior to getting underway. For updated weather forecasts, check www.noaa.gov.

The Coast Guard recommends that all boaters carry the proper safety equipment, including lifejackets and survival suit for cold weather. A list of recommend safety equipment can be found at http://uscgboating.org/.

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