Elderly man saved by life jacket after his boat capsizes

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Coast Guard responded to the report of a capsized vessel in the San Joaquin River, at 12:07 p.m., today.

While underway in Potato Slough, an 82-year-old male had his 18-foot vessel capsize after taking on water. The mariner, who was wearing a life jacket, was recovered by a good samaritan after clinging to the hull of his vessel for over 5 minutes. It was reported that the mariner was not a strong swimmer.

The Coast Guard launched a 25-foot response boat from Station Rio Vista, a HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station San Francisco and a Urgent Marine Information Broadcast was issued.

The Coast Guard reminds mariners to have a life jacket onboard for each individual. Children under the age of 13-years-old are required by federal law to have a life jacket on at all times.

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