Coast Guard saves two, tows disabled vessel in rough seas from Point Reyes

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
BODEGA BAY, Calif. – Coast Guard crews saved two boaters who became disoriented near Point Reyes, Calif., late Thursday night.

The two people aboard a disabled 37-foot sailboat, dropped their anchor, but the anchor was not holding and they were drifting quickly to shore.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay received the report of the disabled sailboat and immediately launched a boatcrew to the approximate location using a line of bearing generated by the vessel’s radio transmission. The Coast Guard utilized its direction-finding equipment integrated into the national distress and response system known as Rescue 21, to locate the vessel. A Coat Guard Air Station San Francisco helicopter aircrew also launched, helping to illuminate the area, locate the vessel, and provide the weather on scene.

Once the boatcrew passed a tow line to the sailboat, the owner cut his anchor and the sailboat was towed safely back to Station Bodega Bay.

“A case like this is exactly what we prepare for on a daily basis,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Ross Ellis, the boat coxswain during the rescue. “The coordination and teamwork from the station watchstander to the coxswain made it a successful tow.”

With the cold weather approaching and the busy holiday season, the Coast Guard reminds the public that a situation can quickly become dangerous. All boaters should maintain situational awareness, check the weather before getting underway, carry life jackets, and dress warmly.

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