Coast Guard, partners search for possible persons in the water off the Golden Gate Bridge

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Coast Guard, National Park Service, Southern Marin Dive Team and San Francisco Marine unit personnel are searching for possible persons in the water off Kirby Cove, near the Golden Gate Bridge.

At approximately 4:15 a.m. Monday, Coast Guard watchstanders received an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon distress signal from the 30-foot sailing vessel Alma. An MH-65 Dolphin aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco, and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Golden Gate were launched to search the Kirby Cove area. Coast Guard Cutter Sockeye was also diverted to participate in the search.

Coast Guard personnel later received notification of a vessel matching the description of the one registered to the EPIRB, on the rocks in Yellow Bluff. Coast Guard crews and Southern Marin Fire Marine 8 were immediately diverted and discovered the vessel had come off the rocks and was partially submerged. The vessel later sank.

Divers from Southern Marin Fire went into the water and confirmed the sunken sailing vessel is the Alma.

“We are using every asset available to locate any possible persons in distress,” said Cmdr. Donald Montoro, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco chief of response. “We are asking the public if they have any information on the Alma or its operator to contact the Sector San Francisco Command Center at 415-399-3520.”

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