U.S. Coast Guard officials said an adult and 15 Sea Scouts, who are part of the Boy Scouts of America program, appear to have escaped injury Saturday afternoon when their 30-foot catamaran flipped over in San Francisco Bay.
The Coast Guard got a call at about 3:30 p.m. from the crew of the ferry Old Blue who saw the boaters in the water near Aquatic Park, Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Nicole Emmons said.
“This rescue illustrates the vital importance of safety equipment for all seasoned and recreational boaters,” said Lt. j.g. Nicole Emmons, spokesperson for Coast Guard Sector San Francisco.
A Coast Guard crew responded to help marine police rescue the 16 who were taken to hospitals as a precaution, Emmons said.
The adult and all the scouts were wearing lifejackets.
Thursday, the Coast Guard helped rescue 15 people from a 50-foot sportfishing boat that took on water near the Golden Gate Bridge.
The boat became grounded at Kirby Cove near the Marin Headlands. Everyone was rescued and no one reported being injured, according to Coast Guard officials.