The U.S. Coast Guard Wednesday rescued two people from their sailboat that was taking on water near Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay after the boat's mast broke.
Around 2:45 p.m., Coast Guard Sector San Francisco received a distress call from the 26-foot “Edith May” that was just east of Alcatraz. A motor lifeboat was dispatched to the area and by 3 p.m. found the vessel with the broken mast, official said.
The broken mast had caused the boat to lean and take on water but the Coast Guard said the vessel was still in good condition. There were no injuries and the Edith May was towed to Pier 45.
Despite warm weather today, the water temperature was only 62 degrees, which the Coast Guard said is cold enough to cause hypothermia, unconsciousness and possibly death with exposure of more than an hour.
Coast Guard officials also remind boaters to wear lifejackets regardless of weather conditions, especially with the Labor Day weekend