Coast Guard rescues 3, continues search for 1 after boat capsizes off Bodega Bay


The Coast Guard rescued three people Saturday evening after a commercial fishing boat capsized approximately 30 miles north of Bodega Bay, while a search continues for the last man aboard the boat.

An emergency position-indicating radio beacon from the 54-foot Miss Hailee notified Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders of a distress at approximately 5:30 p.m.

After no response from multiple callouts to the vessel via VHF-FM radio channel 16, Sector San Francisco watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, a Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento C-27 Spartan crew and a Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew to assist.

At approximately 6:50 p.m., the Dolphin crew arrived on scene and was able to locate three people in the water. After hoisting two men and a woman aboard the aircraft, the crew was notified of a fourth person that was missing. The missing man was reportedly wearing a life jacket.

The Spartan aircrew, the MLB crew and good Samaritans aboard the tug, Cochise, remained on scene searching for the missing crewmember.

The Coast Guard Cutter Tern, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported on Yerba Buena Island, and the Bodega Bay MLB crew are scheduled to continue searching through the night.

Anyone with information regarding the missing man is requested to contact Coast Guard Sector San Francisco personnel at 415-399-3547 or via VHF-FM radio channel 16.