A chartered party boat carrying 26 passengers ran aground early Sunday morning after it hit rocks near Coyote Point in the San FranciscoBay area, according to a report in the San Jose Mercury News.
The captain of the 52-foot yacht, Giant Feet, called the Coast Guard at 2 a.m., notifying them that they had run aground, but had arranged for commercial salvage. However, the captain was forced to call back almost two hours later when Giant Feet began taking on water, according to the report.
The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a patrol boat and a helicopter. Other rescue units came from the San Mateo, Menlo Park and Foster City fire departments. But none of the response vessels were able to reach the grounded yacht because of the shallow depth of the water, according to the report. However, the Coast Guard helicopter was able to deploy a small life raft as well as a rescue swimmer near the vessel. Working with the Foster City Fire Department’s Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB), all the passengers on Giant Feet were successfully brought ashore to the CoyotePointMarina.
“The individual piloting the boat lost situational awareness and had difficulty navigating,” Coast Guard Lt. Junior Grade Lauren Kolumbic said in the report.
Everyone on board was safe with no injuries and a plan is under way to salvage the vessel, according to the Coast Guard. A search is being conducted to find evidence of pollution.
— Elizabeth Ellis