Northern California Coast Guard crews, local partner agencies respond to five vessels in distress in five-hour period

SAN FRANCISCO — Northern California Coast Guard crews and local partner agencies responded to multiple vessels in distress between 8:45 a.m. and 1:40 p.m on Saturday.

At 8:45 a.m., the Coast Guard received a call from a 24-foot vessel experiencing engine trouble near Bodega Head in Bodega Bay. Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay crews coordinated the response with a Coast Guard Auxiliary boat crew that was conducting a safety patrol in the area. The crew located the vessel and successfully took them in tow, mooring the vessel at the Eastside Dock in Bodega Harbor.

At 11:42 a.m., a Coast Guard Station Monterey boat crew responded to a disabled 19-foot recreational vessel with three individuals onboard near Lovers Point in Monterey Bay. Coast Guard Station Monterey remained on scene until Vessel Assist arrived and took the vessel in tow. The crew then diverted to a disabled 28-foot boat with three people onboard dragging anchor off of Del Monte Beach in Monterey Bay. The Station Monterey boat crew arrived on scene and took the disabled vessel in tow to the Monterey Harbor Public Dock, where it was safely moored.

At 1:17 p.m., Coast Guard Sector San Francisco received a report of a recreational vessel fire near Point Potrero at the Port of Richmond. The Coast Guard launched a boat from Coast Guard Station San Francisco and notified the Richmond Fire Department. Richmond Fire Boat 3 dispatched, arrived on scene and confirmed the Richmond Harbor Master resolved the situation and safely moored the vessel.

At 1:40 p.m., Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay was notified of a disabled 24-foot vessel near Bodega Head. A Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel patrolling in the area was first on scene and towed the vessel to Spud Point Marina.

We are fortunate to have such highly trained and capable partners around the region on busy days like today,” said Captain Gregory Stump, Sector San Francisco Commander. “Like our public agency peers, the Coast Guard Auxiliary is second to none. These volunteers work throughout the region to educate boaters, conduct courtesy inspections to ensure boats are ready for operating, augmenting the Coast Guard in assisting the maritime public.”

Boaters are advised to have a working VHF-FM marine radio onboard their vessel and to monitor channel 16 for safety advisories and requests for assistance. For more information on VHF-FM radios and other signaling devices, click here:

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