Coast Guard, Air National Guard Team rescues 3 sailors

11th Coast Guard District NewsALAMEDA, California – The US Coast Guard and Air National Guard are conducting rescue efforts in the vicinity of the Farallon Islands following the grounding of a sailing vessel with eight people on board.

At approximately 3 p.m. Saturday, the Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center at Coast Guard Island, Alameda, received a 406MHz signal from an Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon registered to the 38-foot sailing vessel Low Speed Chase, which was participating in a race around the Farallon Islands with eight people on board.

Around the same time, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco received a related mayday call and issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched multiple assets including an MH-65 helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco, the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter SOCKEYE, and an 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Golden Gate. Search efforts were aided by two Blackhawk helicopters from the 129th Rescue Wing, California Air National Guard unit at Moffett Field.

Upon arriving on scene, three survivors and a fourth deceased individual were recovered. Coast Guard and Air National Guard assets continue to search for the remaining four crew members who remain missing.

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