Sunday, February 22, 2009

Happened off Año Nuevo Point

Another sad case happened, this time in northern California. According to Bay City News Service in Almanac News:
A 210-foot U.S. Coast Guard vessel is searching for a missing fisherman whose boat sank off the coast of Ano Nuevo Point in San Mateo County Saturday afternoon.

The Coast Guard found two men in a life raft among other debris near the area where the vessel sank around 1:30 p.m., rescued them and treated them for hypothermia, junior grade Lt. Simone Mausz said.

However, officials are still searching for the third fisherman.

A rogue wave overturned the boat and caused it to sink, according to the Coast Guard.
SFGate further reports that

The vessel sank around 1:30 p.m. off Año Nuevo Point, said junior grade Lt. Simone Mausz, a Coast Guard spokeswoman.

The two survivors were being treated for hypothermia. They said they saw their companion enter the water before the boat sank.

None of the men was wearing a life preserver.

The Coast Guard cutter Steadfast was searching through the night. A helicopter is expected to join the search at daybreak.

The vessel, a 36-foot wooden boat named the Della C., was berthed in Moss Landing.

The point needs to be continuing stressed here is the note that "None of the men was wearing a life preserver." Wearing life preserver is something that can never be over emphasized.

Let us pray, on this fine Sunday morning, may the Coast Guard be successfully finding the missing fisherman alive and well.

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