Coast Guard assists two 16-year old kayakers off Doran Beach near Bodega Bay, Calif.

SAN FRANCISCO– The U.S. Coast Guard assisted two kayakers off of Doran Beach near Bodega Bay, Calif., Saturday morning.

At approximately 9 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center received notification from a concerned citizen, who reported seeing two teenagers in an inflatable kayak. He reported that the two people paddled offshore of Doran Beach and then were no longer in sight.

An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast was issued for local boaters to be on the lookout, and assist if needed. Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay also launched a rescue boat crew and Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco prepared to launch a rescue helicopter crew.

The Station Bodega Bay rescue boat crew located the two kayakers and noticed they didn’t have safety equipment with them.

“We noticed the two kayakers were not wearing lifejackets and as a crew, we decided to bring them aboard the motor life boat. There was a potential risk of them capsizing in 20 knot winds and without life jackets the situation could have been detrimental,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Steven Mcdougal, coxswain aboard the rescue boat.

Capt. Greg Stump, the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco commander said, “The sea is a very unforgiving environment, and we often see tragedies that begin with poor decisions. Losing situational awareness while not having the proper life saving equipment can quickly escalate to a dangerous and deadly situation,” he said.

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