SAN FRANCISCO — A Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter aircrewrescue a man and his dog on Monday after his sailboat ran aground near Hercules in San Pablo Bay, San Francisco, California.
The man aboard his 24-foot sailboat contacted Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders via VHF channel 16 at approximately 11:50 p.m. Sunday night, stating his motor wasn’t working and he was drifting towards rocks.
Once on the scene, the MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery helicopter (SRR) crew lowered the rescue swimmer. The aircrew then hoisted the man and his dog into the helicopter and transported them to Concord-Padgett Regional Airport with no reported medical concerns.
«This case was successful thanks to the mariner having working communication equipment and quickly contacting the U.S. Coast Guard on VHF channel 16,” said Capt. Howard Wright, the Sector San Francisco deputy commander. “We encourage all mariners to confirm that their safety equipment is operational before getting on the water.»