Coast Guard rescues stranded paddleboarder from Bodega Bay jetty

Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay 47-foot Motor Lifeboat file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert.

Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay 47-foot Motor Lifeboat file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert.

SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard rescued a stranded paddleboarder from the Bodega Bay jetty, Tuesday evening.

911 dispatchers contacted Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders at approximately 7 p.m., reporting a person stranded on Bodega Bay’s south jetty waving their arms.

A Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew was dispatched to the scene.

The boat crew was unable to get close to the jetty due to shallow water and deployed a surface swimmer.

The surface swimmer entered the water from the boat, reached the jetty and passed the stranded paddleboarder a personal flotation device. The swimmer then pulled the stranded person back to the Coast Guard boat where they were both retrieved from the water.

“We encourage everyone to think about safety before heading out on the water,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class John Higgins, a Station Bodega Bay heavy-weather coxswain. “Paddlers and boaters should always pay attention to the weather and stay well within their comfort level. It’s also important to remember life jackets and marine VHF radios are the best ways to prevent bad situations from becoming worse.”

There were no reported injuries.


A Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew deploys a surface swimmer to rescue a paddleboarder stranded on the Bodega Bay, California jetty, June 25, 2019. The paddleboarder was beset by strong winds and called for assistance. (U.S. Coast Guard video)


Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay crewmembers conducting surface swimmer rescue training in Bodega Bay, California. The training involves deploying and retrieving swimmers from a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat to practice conducting rescues in areas where a boat cannot reach. (U.S. Coast Guard video)

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