Two men rescued after their sailing vessel capsizes near Pillar Point

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Coast Guard and Pillar Point Harbor Patrol have recovered two men from the water after their 34-foot sailing vessel capsized near Pillar Point at approximately 4:30 p.m. today.

The Coast Guard launched two 47-foot Motor Lifeboats from Coast Guard Station Golden Gate and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station San Francisco in response to a 9-1-1 call and a flare sighting south of Pillar Point. The Pillar Point Harbor Patrol recovered one man shortly after the flare sighting. A search continued for a second person who was spotted by the Coast Guard helicopter crew at 5:37 p.m. and recovered by the Pillar Point Harbor Patrol.

The conditions of the two rescued men are unknown at this time.

The Pillar Point Harbor Patrol towed the capsized vessel back to shore after rescuing the first person.

Assets from Half Moon Bay Fire Department, California State Parks, and San Mateo County Sheriff's Department assisted with a shoreline search.

The cause of the capsizing is unknown at this time. The weather conditions in the area during the search were winds of 20 miles per hour with seas between 15 and 25 feet.

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