One crewman missing after tugboat capsizes off California

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:
(ALAMEDA, Calif.) — The Coast Guard received updated information on the Ocean Beach Rescue on April, 9, 2011.

The Coast Guard responded to a mayday call from Tug Boat Richardson’s Bay, a 43-foot steel tug at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 9, 2011.

A crew from Smallboat Station Golden Gate responded and rescued a 53-year-old man from the water. The man was transported to Marin General Hospital where he was treated for mild hypothermia and shock.

A 52-year-old man from San Anselmo, Calif. is still missing. He was reported to be wearing a life jacket at the time he entered the water.

After making a mayday call the two men exited the tug boat. One entered the water with a life ring, the other with the tug’s inflatable boat. The man with the life ring was located and rescued by the crew from Station Golden Gate.

The rescued man was held above water by a Good Samaritan kitesurfer until the smallboat crew arrived on scene.

The inflatable boat and life jacket washed up on shore later in the afternoon.

The Coast Guard conducted a search for the missing man with a smallboat crew from Station Golden Gate, a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station San Francisco and the Coast Guard Cutter Tern, an 87-foot patrol boat.

The search went for 8.5 hours and covered 44-square miles. The search ran from the surf line to off shore in the vicinity of Lawton and The Great Highway. The search ended at 12:03 a.m. Sunday morning.

The Tug Boat Richardson’s Bay was on it’s way from Richardson Bay to Pacifica to retrieve a lost skiff.

By Professional Mariner Staff