SAN FRANCSICO BAY (BCN) — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a man and his dog Thursday evening after the man’s boat became disabled near the San Mateo Bridge, an agency spokesman said.

The Coast Guard received a mayday call at 3:18 p.m. when the man’s 33-foot cabin cruiser, the Yada Yada Yada, incurred engine trouble, Petty Officer Levi Read said.

The man was worried the boat, which was originally reported as a sailboat, was going to capsize.

The Coast Guard deployed a rescue helicopter and 25-foot response boat. A rescue swimmer was lowered from the helicopter and determined at about 4:25 p.m. that the man and his dog were safe and healthy, Read said.

A 41-foot utility boat was launched from Yerba Buena Island around 5:15 p.m., but weather conditions subsided enough for the 25-foot boat to tow the disabled cabin cruiser back to its homeport in San Leandro, according to Read.

The disabled boat was safely moored around 6:45 p.m.

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Comments (4)
  1. Natalya Hart says:

    What an Idiot.

  2. Andrew Pink says:

    Well Natalya I guess you probably don’t drive a car now do you? Imagine driving down the 101 and your car becomes disabled because of a flat tire, ran out of gas or engine trouble. Do you think the CHP will allow you to leave your car there right in the middle of the fast lane just to block traffic or worse yet causing an accident by another vehicle much larger than yours unable to stop in time? That is why we have AAA and the Freeway Service Patrol to safely move YOU and your vehicle out of harms way. On our great SF Bay the AAA and FSP is called the Coast Guard. They are there to protect the public in just the same way by moving disbaled boats out of harms way of much bigger boats and to keep the shipping lanes flowing freely. Imagine that. So the next time we hear on the radio that poor Natalya’s car has broken down we will all say what an IDIOT. Idiot.

  3. Scott Townsend says:

    Actually since on the water towing services are available the Coast Guard usually will not assist unless there is imminent danger to life. They will have you contact a towing service. The same as CHP vs AAA. The water conditions or current conditions must have been such that the boat was in danger of hitting the bridge and breaking up.

  4. Andrew Pink says:

    Totally agree with you Scott. But just as the CHP will push your car out of the way to avoid imminent danger until a tow service arrives, the Coast Guard will tow your vessel as well to avoid those same dangers.

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