Coast Guard Rescues Three People After Report of Overdue Vessel

SAN FRANCISCO –The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three men today after their vessel was found partially submerged near Chipps Island.

At 1:04 a.m., Coast Guard Sector San Francisco received notification of an overdue vessel that launched at 3:00 p.m. Saturday. Immediately upon receiving the call, Air Station San Francisco launched an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter and Station Rio Vista and Vallejo each launched a 25-foot response boat.

By 5:15, the Dolphin helicopter crew located the partially submerged vessel with three men onboard and hoisted them to safety. The three men were found with no reported injuries and transported to the Concord Airport.

The vessel was reported to be in poor working order, needing a battery change before departure. The vessel was just purchased by the owner, and there were prior maintenance issues.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to maintain proper safety equipment on their vessel, including flotation devices, flares or smoke signals and a marine VHF radio. The Coast Guard also urges all boaters to leave a float plan with friends or family in case of an emergency.

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