Coast Guard rescues man from sunken vessel near Emeryville Marina

USCG file photo

SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard rescued a man from the water Wednesday afternoon after his vessel sank near the Emeryville Marina.

The 35 year-old-man, from Lafayette, Calif., was saved wearing his life jacket after his 32-foot sport fishing boat sank.

At 2:57 p.m., the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center received a distress call from the operator of a 32-foot sport fishing vessel, reporting that his vessel was rapidly taking on water.

The command center issued an Urgent Marine Broadcast to Mariners, notified the Emeryville Marina, and deployed a 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station San Francisco and a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco to the incident location. The Emeryville Marina Habor Master also dispatched a boat to assist.

Shortly after the vessel sank, the response boat crew located the man wearing his life jacket and pulled him from the water. The man was then transferred to paramedics that met the Coast Guard crew at the Emeryville Marina.

Coast Guard crews interviewed the man who indicated that his fuel tanks contained less than 5 gallons of fuel at the time the boat sank. No sheen from the sunken vessel has been observed.

“This boater was prepared for an emergency by having a life jacket and calling the Coast Guard as soon as he started to sink. Based on my many years of experience, the prepared boater usually survives incidents like this,” said Joseph Ford, the command duty officer during the case.

The owner of the sunken vessel is currently arranging to salvage his boat.

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