Coast Guard crews rescued two boaters Sunday after their vessel ran aground in San Francisco Bay near Alviso.
At 4:45 p.m., a good Samaritan contacted Coast Guard officials to report an 18-foot vessel with three people aboard that ran aground near the entrance to Alivso Slough.
Coast Guard watchstanders contacted the owner of the vessel onboard with a cellphone number obtained from the Foster City Police Department. The vessel owner told watchstanders that he planned to wait for high tide to refloat the boat, Coast Guard officials said.
At 7 p.m., however, the owner reported that his two passengers were cold, wet and concerned about hypothermia, Coast Guard officials said.
A Coast Guard helicopter crew from San Francisco was launched.
When it arrived at the scene, crews hoisted the two passengers up to the helicopter and flew them to a Coast Guard air station in San Francisco. They did not have any injuries, Coast Guard officials said.
The vessel's owner remained onboard. At high tide he refloated the boat and moored at Alviso Marina, Coast Guard officials said.