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Bay Area boating mishap near Alcatraz under investigation

The U.S Coast Guard is investigating the cause of a boating mishap in the San Francisco Bay, which left  22 people waiting to be rescued after their 45-foot pleasure cruiser struck a shoal near Alcatraz Island.

The passengers and crew were aboard the Neptune at about 8:42 p.m. Friday, when the vessel struck an object that left a one-foot gash, causing it to take on water, said U.S Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Josh Dykman.

Three Coast Guard cutters, the San Francisco Police Department and two fire boats responded, transporting the passengers to Pier 39. No injuries were reported. The damaged boat was towed to Sausalito Boat Works for repair.

The boat is operated by San Francisco Bay Boat Cruises, which conducts wine-tasting voyages. The Neptune is described as a 1958 classic cabin top cruiser built in Venice, Calif.

A message on the company’s website said the boat is Coast Guard inspected and certified to carry 42  passengers and that captains are licensed with “many years of experience.”

It said the company hopes to have the Neptune repaired and back in service as soon as possible.


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