Coast Guard assists 8 aboard disabled boat

SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard assisted a sailing vessel in distress Wednesday with eight people aboard in the vicinity of San Pablo Bay, Calif.

At approximately 3:25 p.m., Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders received a distress call from the operator of a 42-foot recreational sailing vessel stating the vessel had lost steering and was headed toward rocks with eight passengers aboard.

The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast for all vessels in the vicinity to be on the lookout and to assist the disabled sailing vessel.

The Coast Guard Cutter Sockeye’s crew was patrolling in the area and was diverted to locate the sailing vessel. Once on scene, the Sockeye’s crew launched their rigid hull inflatable boat and crew to place the disabled vessel in tow and move it away from the rocks.

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Vallejo, Calif., later arrived on scene to assume the tow and brought the disabled vessel and crew to safety.

“Because the vessel was well equipped with the proper communication equipment, the operator was able to notify the Coast Guard at the first sign of distress,” said Capt. Greg Stump, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco commander. “This allowed the Coast Guard to quickly locate the vessel and provide timely assistance for a successful mission.”

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