Coast Guard assists disabled fishing vessel near Jenner, Calif.

A Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew escorts a fishing vessel to Bodega Bay after the vessel became disabled three miles off the coast of Jenner, Calif., Aug. 17, 2018. The Coast Guard crew assisted with temporary engine repairs, enabling the vessel to return to port on its own power. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

A Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew escorts a fishing vessel to Bodega Bay after the vessel became disabled three miles off the coast of Jenner, Calif., Aug. 17, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard assisted a fisherman Friday evening near Jenner, after his 33-foot fishing boat became disabled.

The boater contacted Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders at approximately 4 p.m., reporting that his boat became disabled approximately three miles northwest of Jenner after the engine overheated.

A Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew responded. Once on scene, the crew determined that towing the vessel back to port was not possible due to a damaged tow connection on the disabled boat.

The Coast Guard crewmembers assisted the stranded boater with temporary engine repairs, enabling the vessel to operate on its own power.

The Coast Guard crew escorted the boat during a two-hour transit back to Bodega Bay to ensure the boater’s safe return.

“It’s important that mariners always conduct regular maintenance and test their boat’s systems prior to getting underway,” said Capt. Marie Byrd, Sector San Francisco’s deputy commander. “Even with precautions, however, boaters can experience engine trouble, so the Coast Guard urges boaters to always have a marine VHF radio aboard to be able to call for help.”


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