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Yacht Named 'Gotcha' Stuck on Breakwall in Oakland-Alameda Estuary: Coast Guard

A family of six had to be rescued, and so did the boat. Jodi Hernandez reports. (Published Monday, Nov. 30, 2015)

Passengers aboard a yacht named "Gotcha" got stuck on Sunday when their vessel got stuck on a breakwall within the Oakland-Alameda Estuary, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard spokesperson said a man, his wife and their three children were on board the vessel when it got stuck.

Authorities said it's possible the boat was too close to the breakwall when the tide changed.

Two of the passengers decided to wait for the boat towing company to show up. That happened Monday morning as the Coast Guard helped manage the boat's removal from the breakwall.

The boat owner's name is Raffy Lopez from San Carlos. He said he and his family were out for a Sunday cruise heading for lunch at Scott's Seafood in Oakland when they hit the breakwall.

"Of course your first thought is, Is the boat going to sink?" he said. They called for help and Coast Guard was there immediately.

Lopez said he will get the Gotcha repaired and keep boating. "I'm not coming back to the Oakland Estuary, not for a long time," he said.

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