Skip to main content

Coast Guard rescues 22 aboard 40-footer

The owners of a party boat said they were shocked when their vessel hit a shoal near Alcatraz Island and nearly sank with 22 passengers on board.

The 40-foot Neptune was hosting a bachelor party Friday night when it hit a rocky outcropping that tore a foot-long gash in the side of the boat, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

All of the passengers were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and the boat was towed to Sausalito for repairs. No one was injured and there was no pollution damage.

Melissa McDowell, who owns the boat with her husband, Kevin, told the paper they had no idea how they managed to hit the shoal, which is marked by a buoy and well-known by the captain of the Neptune. McDowell, her husband, and their adult daughter were on the boat during the incident.

"It was very dark and the buoy isn't lit, so you have to rely on radar and the bell," McDowell told the paper. "But we have an experienced captain. He's been on the water for over 10 years, maybe close to 20 years. And that was routine for us.”

The Neptune, described by the owners as a "1958 classic cabin top cruiser" that can carry as many as 42 passengers, typically hosts wine-tasting parties. But the bachelor party voyagers were beer drinkers.

The boat jolted when it hit the shoal, and McDowell said she immediately threw life jackets at the passengers and told them to stay put. The captain attempted to steer the boat toward shore, but the damage made that difficult.

The Coast Guard arrived after only a few minutes and the passengers were taken to Pier 39. The McDowells, their daughter and the captain stayed behind to check out the damage and wait for another ride to shore.

The couple started their floating wine-tasting business, called San Francisco Bay Boat Cruises, in March. McDowell called the crash “a major setback.”

Click here for the full report.

Related

TPG Adds to Marine Portfolio

The hospitality and marina management firm acquired Conanicut Marina and Taylor Point Boat Yard in Jamestown, R.I.

Trade Only Today Returns Jan. 18

The daily e-newsletter will not publish Monday, Jan. 17, in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend.

ECONOMY REPORT: Omnipresent Omicron

The year closed with an uptick in consumer confidence, but the latest coronavirus variant threatens to derail progress

Mixed Reactions

Though generally positive about market conditions, many dealers report they won’t be attending boat shows.

Sportsman Boats Hires CFO

Greg House was previously chief financial officer with Sea Star Solutions and Dometic.

NMMA Reports Strong Boat Sales in 2021

Annual new powerboat sales are expected to exceed 300,000 units for the second consecutive year.

Lowrance Releases Software Update

The software release enables a new sonar feature and autopilot compatibility for Ghost trolling motors and Ghost-compatible MFDs.

Keeping the Sales Team Motivated and Sharp

Here are some strategies from the “Undisputed King of Motivation,” Zig Ziglar, for sales success before, during and after the transaction.

Retired CG Officer Joins Commonwealth PR

Chad Saylor, who served as a public affairs officer, is an account executive with the Virginia-based public relations and marketing firm.