Coast Guard endures heavy case load

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Due to the harsh winds the Bay Area experienced on Saturday, U.S. Coast Guard Station San Francisco underwent an extensive caseload.

On Saturday …

A Coast Guard 41-foot rescue boat, from Station San Francisco, recovered three people from an overturned catamaran near Yerba Beuna Island at approximately 11:15 a.m.

Station San Francisco responded to a vessel taking on water off of Brook Island in the Richmond Marina. Once on scene the crew of the 41-foot rescue boat assessed that the water was too shallow to assist the vessel taking on water. The Coast Guard Cutter Sockeye, an 87-foot patrol boat, then deployed its small boat to recover the people in distress.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary responded to a windsurfer in distress off of Coyote Point, after the windsurfer sustained a broken mast and sail and experienced trouble getting back to shore. Another windsurfer was able to assist. Both made it back to shore safely.

A 26-foot cabin cruiser with eight people on board ran aground in the Oakland estuary. A Coast Guard 41-foot rescue boat, from Station San Francisco, was deployed to assist the vessel. When the rescue boat arrived, the vessel in distress was already being assisted by another vessel and being towed to Grand Harbor Marina.

The Coast Guard received a report of an overturned sailing vessel off of Alameda Point, near the former Naval air station. A 41-foot rescue boat, from Station San Francisco, assisted the sailing vessel and recovered three people resting on top of the overturned boat. The crew of the sailing vessel was taken back to Station San Francisco and treated for mild hypothermia.

The Coast Guard recommends all boaters check the weather conditions before going out on the water, as well as always wearing a lifejacket while on board a vessel. Be sure to file a float plan before going out on the water, which will notify friends and family of your intended actions and return times while boating.

The Coast Guard also recommends all boaters have an Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) on board their vessels. An EPIRB provides assistance to a boater in distress. The EPIRB, once activated, will provide a near accurate satellite transmission of your location in the water to the Coast Guard.

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