Coast Guard Rescues Sailors in Tomales Bay

On Thursday evening, the 40-ft sailboat The Witch ran aground in Tomales Bay amid 25-mph winds and six-foot waves. The boat hailed the Coast Guard.

Because of the shallow water, the Coast Guard contacted the Marin County Fire Department, or MCFD, “who provided a search and rescue personal-watercraft. The MCFD personal-watercraft operator passed a towline from the MLB to the sailboat,” a Coast Guard press release said.

The Coast Guard eventually towed The Witch to Spud Point Marina in Bodega Bay. There were no injuries reported.

In Other Coast Guard News

A day before the rescue of The Witch here in the Bay Area, the Coast Guard was conducting a routine inspection of a 160-ft Ecuadorian fishing vessel when it began listing. The fishing boat was 336 nautical miles southeast of Clipperton Island, off Mexico. Everyone onboard abandoned ship, and a Coast Guard cutter ended up rescuing 12 of their own crew along with 25 fishermen, according to a press release.

The rescuers became the rescued off the coast of Mexico on Wednesday.
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“Fast action by the cutter’s crew resulted in a remarkable mass rescue in a dangerous and challenging situation,” Capt. Arthur Snyder, chief of operations for the 11th Coast Guard District, said in a press release. “Their decisive response reflects their training and dedication, and shows the types of dangers faced by Coast Guard crews deployed around the world protecting our nation.”

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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