Multiple rescues prompt water safety warning
The U.S. Coast Guard is advising the public to take appropriate safety measures on the water following a string of recent incidents on Bay Area waterways.
The first incident occurred Friday afternoon around 2:15 p.m. in Bodega Bay. According to the Coast Guard, the current was pushing a 12-foot recreational boat with two people on board toward the jetty rocks. A Coast Guard crew was able to safely tow the disabled boat to Spud Point.
Around 6 p.m. Friday, Coast Guard officials report that engine failure caused a 25-foot recreational boat named Dreaming II to begin sinking near Point Bonita in Sausalito. Two people on board the Dreaming II jumped into the Bay waters, and were rescued by a nearby commercial fishing vessel.
Meanwhile, Coast Guard officials towed the Dreaming II out of the Bay. Just before 8 p.m., Coast Guard crews rescued some people aboard a sailboat in the Oakland Estuary. One of them had a fractured leg, and Coast Guard officials report they have not determined the cause of the fracture.
During these times of hot weather, the Coast Guard reports there are generally more people out on the water. To enjoy the water safely, the Coast Guard advises boaters to wear appropriate clothing, including life jackets.
Additionally, all boaters should ensure they have properly operating VHF-FM radios onboard at all times, and monitor channel 16 for safety advisories. Even when air temperatures are hot, the Coast Guard reports that average water temperatures are usually still cold enough to quickly incapacitate people who get stuck in the water.