Boater Rescued off Pillar Point After Freighter Reports Orange Smoke

SAN FRANCISCO — Coast Guard Sector San Francisco received a call from the commercial container ship, the Hanjin Dallas, reporting a sighting of orange smoke and a possible vessel in distress off Pillar Point just before 2 p.m. yestoday.

The Coast Guard Cutter Tern and a Coast Guard 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Golden Gate, responded to the call.

The only person on board was recovered by a rescue boat deployed by the Hanjin Dallas and taken to the ship’s medical quarters where he was found to have suffered no injuries. The rescued boater will stay on the ship until the Hanjin Dallas pulls into the Port of Oakland later this evening.

The Tern and the 47-foot motor lifeboat patrolled the area in search of debris and sheen on the water from leaking fuel and oil. An HH-65 helicopter was also deployed to do an over flight of the area. No evidence of debris or pollution was found in the area.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to maintain proper safety equipment on their vessel, including flotation devices, flares and or smoke signals and a marine VHF radio. The Coast Guard also urges all boaters to leave a float plan with friends or family in case of an emergency.

“The Coast Guard greatly appreciates the exceptional response actions of the motor vessel Hanjin Dallas this afternoon to quickly resolve this potentially life threatening case,” stated Captain David Swatland, Deputy Sector Commander for Coast Guard Sector San Francisco.

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  1. Meyer says:


    please note that the Hanjin Dallas is a German Containership managed by NSB.

    Kind Regards