Man Dies After Colliding With Ferry on SF Bay

Boat suffered significant damage in collision.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    A violent crash on the San Francisco Bay cast a man his life this weekend. (Published Monday, Feb 18, 2013)

    One of two people injured when a Golden Gate Ferry and a 22-foot motorboat collided in the San Francisco Bay on Saturday has died, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said.

    The victim was identified as 68-year-old Harry Holzhauer, of Tigard, Ore., Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Mark Leahey said.

    The crash happened Saturday about 4 p.m. in Raccoon Strait, near Tiburon.

    The Coast Guard is still investigating the circumstances of the crash and who was at fault, Leahey said. Witnesses said the smaller boat was driving at a high rate of speed at the time of the collision.

    Golden Gate Transit spokeswoman Mary Currie said the ferry was about 10 minutes into its 30-minute trip from Sausalito to the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

    A Coast Guard rescue boat just happened to be close to the crash and said they got to the boat quickly. The Coast Guard said they asked if there were any doctors on the ferry and found a neurosurgeon and a nurse willing to jump off the ferry and on to the damaged boat to help try to revive the victims.

    Holzhauer and another man on the motorboat were injured, but no one on the ferry was hurt, according to the Coast Guard.

    Leahey did not have an update this morning on the condition of the second man who was injured.

    The five crew members aboard the ferry will be drug tested and placed on administrative leave during the investigation, as is protocol with such incidents, Currie said.