Coast Guard crew rescues man from capsized boat

Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat

USCG file photo

ALAMEDA, Calif. – A U.S. Coast Guard smallboat crew from Coast Guard Station Golden Gate pulled one man from the water off of Ocean Beach yesterday, April 9, 2011.

The crew responded to a report of a vessel in distress off of Ocean Beach at approximately 2:00 pm yesterday.

The man was aboard a 47-foot stern trawler taking on water and entered the water with a life ring.  While in the water he was assisted by a parasailer until the Coast Guard smallboat arrived.  The identity of the parasailer is unknown.

The crewmembers were able to bring the man onboard and transfer him to awaiting EMS crews where he was treated for mild hypothermia and shock. EMS transfered the man to Marin General Hospital.

The man told the crew that he was aboard the vessel with another man who was said to be wearing a life jacket.

The Coast Guard searched the area with the smallboat crew from Station Golden Gate, a Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter aircrew from Air Station San Francisco and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tern, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in San Francisco.  The crews covered more than 44 square miles of search area in over 8.5 hours.  The search was ended at 12:03 a.m. this morning.


The Coast Guard strongly recommends boaters avoid taking to the water over the next few days, until the seas and wind subside.

All boaters should also ensure that they have a working marine VHF radio on board to contact the Coast Guard on channel 16 should an emergency arise.  The Coast Guard reminds all mariners that channel 16 is an emergency frequency, and should be used for such.  Misuse of channel 16 or broadcasting false distress calls can result in prison time, severe fines, and you could be liable for any costs incurred as a result of search efforts.

The Coast Guard also strongly recommends that all boaters file a float plan with a friend or family member on land, with an approximate time of return and location to which you will be heading.  It is also recommended that you regularly check in with those who are aware of your plan, especially if your plan should change.

Mariners should check current and forecasted weather conditions prior to getting underway, and remain aware of changing conditions once on the water.  The National Weather Service broadcasts weather conditions throughout the day on VHF channel WX2.  The Coast Guard broadcasts weather conditions on VHF channel 22A at 9:30 a.m., noon, and 4:30 p.m.

During strong winds and heavy seas, vessels can come loose from the pier or anchor due to worn lines, or not having enough lines attached to the pier or having a heavy enough anchor.

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