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Nearly Two Dozen Rescued from Sinking San Francisco Party Boat

Vessel began to sink approximately 300 feet from the pier

 

 
 
 

JOHN S. MARSHALL, Associated Press | | Monday, October 15, 2012


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly two dozen people who were enjoying a bachelor party on what's billed as San Francisco Bay's only "floating wine tasting room" are safe after their boat hit a shoal near Alcatraz Island and began sinking Friday night, officials said.

The 45-foot (14-meter) Neptune hit the shoal around 8:42 p.m. and started taking on water after the impact left a 1-foot (30-centimeter) gash in the side of the boat, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Lt. j.g. Josh Dykman said.

The boat's captain tried to steer the stricken vessel to San Francisco's Pier 39. But the boat started having rudder issues and began to sink about 300 feet (90 meters) from the pier, Dykman said.

Three Coast Guard boats took all 22 passengers and crewmembers off the vessel and brought them to the pier, Dykman said. San Francisco fire and police boats also responded. There were no injuries.

"We were only in the boat for maybe about 20 minutes or so," Matthew Rice, the party's guest of honor, told KGO-TV. "We were coming around Alcatraz checking it out and all of a sudden it was like boom, just like a big jolt and the next thing we knew the Coast Guard boats came in and got us off."

The Neptune is a 1958 motor vessel operated by San Francisco Bay Boat Cruises LLC, which offers "specialty voyages" on San Francisco Bay, according to the company's website.

The boat is certified to carry 42 passengers, according to the company.

"It was just an unfortunate event," said Melissa McDowell, who operates the cruise boat as a family-run business, along with her husband and adult daughter.

All three family members were on board at the time, and assisted the passengers off the boat, McDowell said.

The captain of the boat is the tiny company's only employee, McDowell said.

"Every one of our passengers were amazing," she said. "They followed instructions and were good humored about it."

The cause of the incident is under investigation. The damaged boat was towed to Sausalito Boat Works where it will be repaired. There were no reports of pollution, Dykman said.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.



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