The U.S. Coast Guard dispatched a 47-foot motor lifeboat to rescue a distressed kite surfer from the waters off of San Francisco, but a fellow kite surfer helped the person in need, the Coast Guard said.
This was the second time in as many days that good Samaritans assisted kite surfers in the waters near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club, which is located between Crissy Field and Marina Green.
Two reports of the distressed kite surfer, one from someone with a marine radio and one from someone on shore, were called into the Coast Guard at about 6:40 p.m., Petty Officer Rich Stulce said.
The Coast Guard dispatched the rescue vessel to the area, but their services were not needed because, according to the Coast Guard, the kite surfer made it to shore with the help of another kite surfer by 7 p.m.
Personnel from the San Francisco Fire Department also responded to the area near Crissy Field, although dispatchers could not release any information about their response.
A call to a fire department spokeswoman was not immediately returned.
On Monday, a call at 7:02 p.m. reported a female kite surfer in the same waters near the Golden Gate Yacht Club. A good Samaritan brought her ashore, Petty Officer David Muentes said.
Although the Coast Guard dispatched rescue vessels to the yacht club area from its Golden Gate Station, the assistance of the Coast Guard was not required in that situation either because of the civilian rescue, Muentes said.