BODEGA BAY (CBS SF) — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three people Saturday from a fishing boat that capsized about 30 miles northwest of Bodega Bay but the search for a fourth man has been suspended.
The Coast Guard was notified about the distressed boat about 5:30 p.m. Saturday via an emergency position-indicating radio beacon from the 54-foot Miss Hailee.
A ship, motor lifeboat and helicopter were dispatched after attempts to contact the boat by radio were unsuccessful and at 6:50 p.m. the crew of the helicopter Dolphin located and rescued three people in the water.
The search for the fourth man, who was reportedly wearing a life jacket, continued overnight with assistance from good Samaritans aboard a tugboat named Cochise. The search was suspended Sunday after covering some 368 square miles over 16 hours.
“The decision to suspend a search is extremely difficult and our thoughts are with the missing man and his family at this time,” Capt. Marie Byrd, the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco commander, said in a statement.
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