Two boats left stranded in cold Bay water

Sunny weather and light winds tempted locals out into the Bay this weekend, where two boats were stranded in separate incidents.

On Saturday afternoon, two men rented a 12-foot sailboat and sailed down Redwood Creek, but ran aground near the mouth of the Bay sometime after dark, according to Redwood City Fire Department Capt. Bruce Meisenbach.

The men climbed out of the boat and walked in the muddy shallows, eventually finding themselves on Bair Island.

As dawn broke, they flagged down a passing cruise ship, the Spirit of Yorktown, which was able to bring one of the men aboard to call for help.

“They were stranded all night, and they were cold from being wet, but that was about it,” Meisenbach said. There was no evidence that alcohol was involved in the incident, he added.

Rescue teams from the Redwood City Fire Department spent 90 minutes Sunday morning pulling the sailboat from the mud.

Shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday, the Menlo Park Fire Department was called out after a man scraped the engine of his 17-foot ski board in the Bay mud, according to a dispatcher.

The engine wouldn’t restart, leaving the sailor stranded and uncertain of his location. It took nearly four hours to locate the boat, near the Dumbarton Bridge, and tow him to safety, according to the dispatcher.

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