Coast Guard rescues stranded boaters near San Pablo, Calif.

SAN FRANCISCO– The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three stranded boaters in Sonoma Creek near the northern portion of San Pablo, Calif., Friday evening.

At approximately 11 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center received notification of a disabled 18-foot recreational vessel, which was anchored in Sonoma Creek.

The vessel had two adults and a seven year-old child aboard. All were wearing lifejackets and were not in distress, but their only means of communication was a cell phone.

Coast Guard Station Vallejo launched a rescue boat crew to assist; however, the rescue crew was not able to reach the family because the disabled boat was in shallow water. Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco diverted a helicopter with a rescue crew aboard and hoisted the three stranded boaters to safety.

Capt. Greg Stump, the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco commander said, “The owner of the vessel made the right decision to contact the Coast Guard at the first sign of trouble.”

“This allowed the Coast Guard to monitor, coordinate and assist. However, it’s critical that vessel owners are well prepared and have life saving equipment including lifejackets, food and water, signaling devices, as well as a VHF-FM radio and a float plan issued to family or friends, to avoid putting themselves and their family at risk,” he said.

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