Coast Guard Assists Boaters in Distress During Storm

SAN FRANCISCO – The Coast Guard is warning people to remain vigilant, and to stay away from beaches, rocky shorelines, and cliffs as storms subside.

High surf and dangerous waves will continue to come ashore making walking near the shore very dangerous. Cliffs may also be unstable and unsafe due to the torrential rains over the past two days.

Boaters are also advised to remain off the water and not develop a false sense of security as winds and rain diminish.

Meanwhile, Coast Guard crews were out today, responding to boaters in distress in the Richardson Bay area. Two 47-foot Motor Life Boats from Station Golden Gate responded to calls and assisted four boaters in distress, towing one of the vessels to shore after it broke away from its anchor. At the height of today’s storm, the crews battled high winds and rain to toss a heaving line to the boater. Attempts were successful and the boater was towed about one mile to a local pier.

A crew from Air Station San Diego, positioned with their HH60 Jayhawk helicopter at Air Station San Francisco, responded to a report of a man in the water earlier this morning, also in the Richardson Bay area. The crew launched shortly after 10:00 a.m. and located a man in the water. When they arrived on scene, the Tiburon Fire Department was in the process of lifting the man onto their jet ski and bringing the man to shore.

The HH60 helicopter was flown to the Bay area yesterday from San Diego to assist with potential long-range land and offshore rescues, and to transport relief supplies if needed.

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