Ferry Rescues Calif. Kayaker Stranded Overnight

Golden Gate Ferry crews rescued a woman Wednesday morning who was stranded overnight on a channel marker in the bay near Larkspur. The woman paddled her kayak out of Sausalito Tuesday afternoon and somehow drifted north, said Mary Currie, a Golden Gate Ferry spokeswoman.

The woman then clung onto “channel marker 2,” a triangular floating device with a platform that helps ferry operators navigate the Larkspur channel. Her kayak was nearby. The woman apparently helped stay warm with a battery that is mounted on the platform, Currie said.

Golden Gate employees spotted the woman and got into a Boston Whaler boat and brought her to shore. Paramedics treated her for hypothermia, but she didn’t go to a hospital, Currie said.

Steve Katz, a Fairfax resident and publisher of Mother Jones magazine in San Francisco, said he was on the 8:20 a.m. ferry from Larkspur when the captain announced he was going to pull over to check on the woman.

“There’s a ladder that she apparently climbed up … and her kayak was still in the water and filled with water,” Katz said. “She was up on top of the platform where the buoy was. The captain of the ferry came on the (public address) and said, ‘There looks to be a kayaker in distress. Let’s pull over and see what’s going on.'”

About five minutes after the captain and deck hand spoke with the woman, a small power boat arrived and rescued the woman, Katz said.

“I think we were there altogether for about 10 minutes,” he added.

“The guys on the ferry did a great job.”