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Firefighters rescue one from stranded boat, three remain on-board

 

A water-rescue crew transported one person to shore while assisting a boat in distress near East Palo Alto on Saturday morning, according to firefighters.

Around 11 a.m. the Menlo Park Fire Protection District was notified of a boat in distress in the San Francisco Bay. Firefighters dispatched a water rescue crew and located the boat south of the Dumbarton Bridge, Chief Harold Schapelhouman said.

The vessel appeared to have ventured into shallow water and gotten stuck when the tide went out, Schapelhouman said. One person was transported back to shore and three more decided to remain on-board until high tide this evening.

"It's not unusual where they get stuck high and dry because they're not thinking about what happens when the tide goes out," Schapelhouman said.

"Don't get yourself into areas where once the tide goes out you're going to be stranded. It's never a good idea."

Rescues such as Saturdays are a common occurrence in the South Bay, Schapelhouman said. He advises boaters to know where they are avoid shallow waters and be prepared for emergencies.

Information about maritime safety is available at www.uscgboating.org/.

— Bay City News Service

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