54 kayakers rescued from Tomales Bay
Firefighters rescued 54 kayakers paddling around in Tomales Bay Saturday night as part of a guided tour after the winds increased and conditions became hazardous, according to a Marin County fire chief.
Dispatchers were notified of a capsized boat in the vicinity of Hog Island just after 10 p.m.
The kayakers were in Tomales Bay after dark as part of a professionally guided tour out to view bioluminescent light emitted by organisms in the water, according to Fire Chief Jason Weber.
After conditions got hazardous the kayakers paddled to Hog Island and Pelican Point, where they were picked up by rescue boats. It took multiple trips to get all 54 kayakers, but rescuers had them all out of the water by 1 a.m., Saturday, Weber said in a statement.
They were dropped off at Nicks Cove, near Marshall, in unincorporated Marin County, for medical assessment. Two of them were treated for mild hypothermia, according to Weber.
The kayakers were all wearing life jackets, Weber said, and all but two of them were part of the tour.