Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue rafters near Alcatraz Island

(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

U.S. Coast Guard crews and a Good Samaritan rescued two men who were rafting near Alcatraz Island on Tuesday evening.

Coast Guard Sector San Francisco issued an urgent marine information broadcast on VHF-FM channel 16 after they received a report around 6:20 p.m. about a grounded vessel with two people in the water, Coast Guard officials said.

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The crew from the sailing vessel Bay Wolf retrieved a man from the water before Coast Guard crews from Air Station San Francisco, Station San Francisco and Station Golden Gate arrived and took the man to shore.

The other man who was rafting was able to swim to a beach at Alcatraz Island. He was flown by a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to Air Station San Francisco, according to the Coast Guard.

The 10-foot raft was located this morning, but information about the rafters will not be released, Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Sarah Wilson said.

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