Ferry rescues passengers from boat sinking near Alcatraz

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 4, 2017 at 6:10 p.m.



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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say a ferry veered from its route to rescue 10 people off a sinking boat near Alcatraz Island.

The U.S. Coast Guard says it received a mayday call from a sinking 31-foot Chris-Craft recreational boat Thursday night after the vessel apparently struck a rock near the former prison island and began taking on water.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/2v73nul ) the ferry, which shuttles visitors to and from Alcatraz Island, responded and rescued the boat's 10 passengers. The boat sank a short time later in 100 feet of water.

A video posted on social media shows the ferry approaching the boat while the passengers stand on deck wearing lifejackets.

After someone successfully throws a line, the boat is pulled close to the ferry and the passengers get on it.

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