Pacifica Boat Aground

Pacifica Boat Aground (Photo credit: Melissa Culross/KCBS Radio)

Distressed Sailboat Runs Aground, Sending 4 To The Hospital

Melissa Culross
April 30, 2018 - 10:13 am
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A sailboat that ran aground on Saturday night remianed stranded at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica on Monday. KCBS Radio reporter Melissa Culross tells us the vessel is expected to be towed away and eventually taken to Sausalito for repairs.

PACIFICA (KCBS Radio) - Four people were hospitalized with minor injuries late Saturday night after their boat drifted onto shore at a Pacifica beach, police said.

The incident began around 11:05 p.m. when officers and fire personnel responded to a report of sailboat in distress near Linda Mar Beach. UPDATE: Authorities said on Tuesday that it would likely be Wednesday before the boat could be towed from the beach and taken for repairs.

There, Captain Tony Claar says the 33-foot boat ran out of gas and had run aground on the beach. There was no wind to catch the sails, and the boat began drifting toward the jagged rocks, before taking on water and eventually crashing on the beach.

The boat's occupants were described as a 24-year-old Spokane, Washington woman, a 33-year-old Crescent City man, a 49-year-old Long Creek, Oregon woman and a 20-year-old woman also from Spokane, Washington. The four received medical assistance at the scene and were then taken to a hospital, police said.

A teacher with the San Francisco School District, Heiko Gieraths tells KPIX 5 he saw one of the passengers struggling in the water and pulled her to shore.

“One guy jumped off the boat, he was fine,” said Pacifica resident said.

The boat's owners said they were experiencing engine problems before the boat drifted ashore, according to police.

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