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Sailboat Struck, Sunk By Tugboat Near Golden Gate Bridge

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The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Aspen in the San Francisco Bay (U.S. Coast Guard)

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Aspen in the San Francisco Bay (U.S. Coast Guard)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A tugboat struck and sank a sailboat Saturday just outside the Golden Gate Bridge, throwing two people into the chilly water, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The tug and a barge it was towing struck the sailboat, which was estimated to be around 20-30 feet long, around 3 p.m., Coast Guard Ensign Corinne Gaines said.

The Coast Guard rescued one person from the water and the San Francisco Fire Department a second.

Both people were checked out by paramedics on shore, but neither needed to go to a hospital, Gaines said.

The sailboat sank.

The barge and tug were ordered back to port to meet with a U.S. Coast Guard officer who will investigate the collision, Gaines said.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)

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