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Boater Killed, Another Hospitalized After SF Bay Collision

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — A father and son whose dinghy overturned in the waters near San Francisco’s Hunters Point on Wednesday were rescued, but one of the men has died, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The dinghy collided with a motor vessel around 12:25 p.m., causing the dinghy to flip over and the father and son to be thrown into the water, Coast Guard Seaman Adam Stanton said.

The Coast Guard learned of the accident and dispatched a 25-foot response boat and helicopter to the scene. Both were rescued and taken to Oyster Point, where one was given CPR, San Francisco fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.

Authorities say 30-year Ninh Truong died at San Francisco General Hospital.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

U.S Coast Guard Ensign Mark Leahey said a second man in the boat, identified as Truong’s father, was thrown into the water but was able to hold on to the capsized boat.

The name of the father has not been released, but officials say he is hospitalized in good condition.

The victims were taken to San Francisco General Hospital by ambulance.

It was originally reported that a third man was missing but family members confirmed that the man, who regularly goes out with the rescued boaters, was not on the outing Wednesday.

The South San Francisco Fire Department and the San Francisco Fire Department provided assistance.

The Brisbane City Police Department is investigating the capsizing and asks that anyone with information related to the accident contact the department at (415) 467-1212.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved.)

  • jeff

    He cant swim did he have a life jacket on?

  • tours Martel

    How San Francisco droll! A man trapped beneath a dinghy.

  • Jere

    Sorry but this is very poorly written.

  • Rhonda Leabo

    I am so shocked how people choose to comment on any possible negative aspect of a story. San Francisco droll? Are you serious? When someone loses thier son? I dont find that droll, I find it heartbreaking.

  • D

    Rhonda, don’t worry. These guys behind their computer screens are fat 40 year old men without a career and education. No lives but to bash and burn anything they see.

  • Ralph

    A dinghy collides with a motor vessel?
    I sailed dinghies, and most other things, including motor boats, for years.
    Dinghy will have been moving at a few knots.
    It ran into a motor vessel and capsized?
    This sounds very odd.

  • Sam

    Dude. I’ve heard that the bigger boat crashed into the small boat. If you think about it, smaller boats would not have any visual problems and they are more aware of their surroundings. Plus a smaller boat would not move fast enough to cap-sized itself. It’s just a language barrier that this was reported wrong.

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  • Marty

    I hope the hell someone from the USCG reads my comment. From my balcony at the top of Marin City, I watched as a motor boat pulling a skier came within 10 feet of 2 separate people sculling in the shallow waters near 101 as it crosses the water near Mill Valley. The wake of the (approximate) 20′ (possible) Bayliner moving about 15 knots or more split the course between the 2 sculling boats causing broadside wake to hit both motor-less craft. This occurred at 1025 Sunday 4 Dec 2011, observed from my shared balcony off of Sherwood Dr. in “Sausalito.”

    I myself have a USCG Captain’s license for OUPV and have sailed the Bay for 25 years. Every year more idiots buys boats. Yet, I have never needed to call the Guard or Vessel Assist via telephone and could not find a number on the web. This lack of immediate response could have resulted in a situation as the one above. Calling 911 in the Bay Area gives you an answering machine. I’ll be moving back to the Puget Sound where protection of our waterways is not so overwhelming and understaffed.

    As far as sculling goes, I’d transfer from Stanford to MIT. The West is no longer Best.


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