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Coast Guard Rescues 12 In 2 Separate Incidents Off California With PM-Storms Rdp Bjt

December 3, 1985

Undated (AP) _ A Coast Guard cutter rescued six people near the overturned hull of a 60-foot sailboat off San Francisco today while six more people were rescued from another storm-tossed boat several hundred miles to the south, officials said.

One of the people aboard aboard the sailboat Girlfriend III, which was on a voyage from Southern California when it ran into trouble in the San Francisco Bay Area, was missing. The sailboat was caught Monday in seas so rough a Coast Guard boat rolled over while attempting to help another vessel with a smashed bow.

The boat was spotted by an airplane off Daly City, adjacent to San Francisco, and the six people were picked up by the 378-foot Coast Guard cutter Morgenthau, the Coast Guard said.

Names and the condition of those rescued were not immediately available from the Coast Guard, but a San Francisco television station said that two of the people who had been on board were its employees.

Meanwhile, a Coast Guard helicopter today rescued six people from the deck of a fishing vessel adrift in storm-tossed seas and in danger of smashing on the rocky shore of San Nicolas Island, 90 miles southwest of Los Angeles.

″All six people were hoisted by our Coast Guard helicopter and they were flown to the air station in San Diego in good condition,″ Petty Officer Jose Rosario said.

A radio distress message was received at 11 p.m. Monday from the 83-foot commercial fishing vessel C and D, Rosario said. He said 20-foot seas near the island were pushing the disabled vessel toward the shore.

A San Diego-based Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched shortly after the distress call was received, but dense fog prevented a rescue for several hours, Rosario said.

The Girlfriend III had sent out a distress signal Monday night from about four miles off San Francisco’s Ocean Beach.

The Coast Guard said the boat’s cabin had either been ″crushed or blown off.″

Rescue efforts had been hampered by ″extremely rough seas,″ 20 mph winds and 20-foot swells.

The Girlfriend III was owned by KRON-TV camerman Rick Greenwell, who was taking the boat from Wilmington to Sausalito, according to Bob Hodierne, assistant news director at the station. Don Ford, another KRON cameraman, also was aboard.

He said the boat, which Greenwell had just bought, was built in 1929 and was not strong enough to take a rough ocean voyage.

″It’s basically a fragile, antique vessel,″ he said.

On Monday, waves briefly turned over a 44-foot Coast Guard surf boat sent to help the 50-foot Wendy II, a sailing vessel that was taking on water.

Three people aboard the Wendy II were rescued by an 82-foot Coast Guard cutter that was sent out later. A fourth person aboard the sailboat was airlifted by helicopter.

The Wendy II was abandoned as it drifted two miles off the Golden Gate with a 3-foot hole in its bow.

Skipper Paul Stevenson of Sausalito said the boat was hit ″by the biggest wave I’ve ever seen.″

″Why we didn’t roll over, I don’t know,″ Stevenson added.

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