SF Firefighters Conduct Rescue After Disabled Boat Begins Taking on Water Near Golden Gate

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Two people had to be rescued Sunday night amid hazardous surf near the Golden Gate, after their boat became disabled and was taking on water.

The call for help came just before 8 p.m. Sunday, and a search and rescue mission got underway for a vessel that has not been described by the San Francisco Fire Department.

Radio communications with the vessel appear to have been spotty, and the vessel had apparently lost power amid large waves and treacherous surf.

At 8 p.m., the SFFD said they had re-established radio contact and had located the vessel with two individuals onboard.

The rescue was successful, with support from the U.S. Coast Guard, and the SFFD provided a tow for the disabled boat to Clipper Cove. An SFFD tweet said the two individuals were okay in part due “to the efforts of the vessel’s captain.”

The hazardous surf was not part of any weather-service advisory on Sunday, and weather on Sunday was relatively balmy and nice.

This it the first rescue like this to occur since late November, when multiple boats and swimmers in and around the Bay needed rescue amid a high-surf and sneaker-wave advisory.

Photo: Amy Vosters/Unsplash

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.