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Three Sailors Rescued from Capsized Vessel

The US Coast Guard reported that three people were rescued on Tuesday morning after their sailboat capsized near Treasure Island. Local fire and police departments and an unnamed good Samaritan helped with the rescue. It is unclear what type of sailboat was involved and why it capsized.

USCG rescues three from capsized vessel
If the capsized boat looks this small from the air, imagine how difficult it must be to see people in the water from such heights.
© 2020 Petty Officer 2nd Class Jordan Akiyama

According to the USCG press release, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders had received a distress call from the good Samaritan aboard the vessel Sun Dance after their discovering the capsized boat and three people in the water.

Two Coast Guard Dolphin helicopters from Air Station San Francisco were diverted from nearby training exercises, while Coast Guard Station San Francisco sent a 45-foot response boat. San Francisco Fire Department and SF Police Department were also on hand to assist.

The Dolphin aircrews deployed a rescue swimmer, and the three mariners — who were in good shape and didn’t need medical attention — were taken aboard Sun Dance before being brought to Richmond Marina. The capsized vessel was towed to Clipper Cove Marina.

Capsized vessel being towed to port.
A capsized vessel would be difficult to tow. Thankfully our local department has the means to accomplish the task.
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This is a good reminder that accidents can happen to anyone and at any unforeseen moment — a good reason to remain vigilant and be aware of your surroundings while on the water.

Thanks to all involved for a successful rescue.

1 Comment

  1. Tony M Spooner 4 years ago

    Doesn’t really look like a sailboat. No keel/board or rudder sticking up. “V” bottomed powerboat?

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