Runaway boat crashes into pier after man falls overboard

A 32-foot pleasure boat went on a joy ride without a captain in the San Francisco Bay Wednesday morning after its owner fell overboard.

Around 11:20 a.m. the Coast Guard received a call that a person was in the water west of Treasure Island, according to Coast Guard spokesman Aaron Coffin.

A rescue boat and helicopter was dispatched to the area where they picked up a man in his 60s, Coffin said, but did not find his boat.

“It kept going and didn’t stop until it hit Pier 70, 3.7 miles away,” Coffin said.

The man apparently tripped on a coiled line and fell overboard. He was the only person aboard the boat.

He was wearing a life vest and was only in the water for 25 minutes, according to Coffin.

The runaway boat did not strike anything before the Pier. Both the pier and boat had minimal damage.

“We lucked out,” Coffin said.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

 

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