A tugboat struck and sank a sailboat today just outside the Golden Gate Bridge, throwing two people into the chilly water, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The tug and a barge it was towing struck the sailboat, which was estimated to be around 20-30 feet long, around 3 p.m., Coast Guard Ensign Corinne Gaines said.
The Coast Guard rescued one person from the water and the San Francisco Fire Department a second.
Both people were checked out by paramedics on shore, but neither needed to go to a hospital, Gaines said.
The sailboat sank.
The barge and tug were ordered back to port to meet with a U.S. Coast Guard officer who will investigate the collision, Gaines said.