Coast Guard tows disabled duck boat back to pier

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(SAN FRANCISCO) — Coast Guard watchstanders coordinated a tow of a disabled tour boat near McCovey Cove in San Francisco Bay on Tuesday afternoon.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders received a report from a local tour boat, Ride the Duck, of steam coming from the engine compartment.

Coast Guard Station San Francisco launched a 45-foot rescue boat crew, and Air Station San Francisco diverted a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to assist.  

Once on scene, the boat crew coordinated a tow with Tug Wild Cat, who then towed the disabled vessel to Pier 54 in San Francisco. All 36 passengers aboard the duck boat safely disembarked.  

The Coast Guard urges all boaters to remain vigilant on the water and familiarize themselves with all safety equipment and procedures onboard.

By Professional Mariner Staff