Cliff House Workers Witness Deadly Sailboat Accident

Coast Guard search called off overnight

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    NBC Bay Area
    The water was especially rough this weekend along the San Francisco Bay coastline.

    Officials in San Francisco on Monday morning confirmed that a body that washed up along the shoreline is that of a man who was on a sailboat that capsized Sunday afternoon. A woman walking along the beach with her dog made the discovery. The Coast Guard overnight called off the search for survivors of the capsized sailboat near the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Staff members of the Cliff House Restaurant reported seeing a boat with people possibly in distress at about 5 p.m., Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Jeremy Pichette said. Rescuers recovered a woman's body, a man appeared to disappear under the water, and authorities were searching for a possible third victim that a witness thought they had seen. That report of a third victim, however, was incorrect.

    Rachel Aguirre, a hostess at the restaurant, said a server first saw the boat, which she said appeared to be a small sailboat or other kind of small vessel. The server told Aguirre, who notified authorities. A 47-foot vessel and helicopter from the Coast Guard responded to the area, while National Park Service rangers and San Francisco fire units also responded to assist with the rescue.

    The crew on the Coast Guard vessel tried to call out to the boat, but there appeared to be no one onboard, Pichette said. Soon afterward, another call came from the Cliff House with the report of what appeared to be a kite surfer in the water closer to the shore, he said.

    Coast Guard crews responded to that area and saw what appeared to be two people, a man and woman, in the water. The body of the woman was recovered, and the San Francisco medical examiner's office was notified of her death, according to Pichette.

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