Sunday, December 12, 2004

USCG Auxiliary Crew Saves Boater from Wing Dam

Several members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Facility "Sar Trek" have become the latest crew in northern California to demonstrate the motto of the Auxiliary: "America's Volunteer Lifesavers." While patrolling the upper Sacramento River, on the afternoon of Nov. 28, several miles north of the I-80 Bridge, the crew of the "Sar Trek" observed a small 18-foot boat with three persons aboard rapidly drifting toward a wing dam.

Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) December 9, 2004 - Several members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Facility "Sar Trek" have become the latest crew in northern California to demonstrate the motto of the Auxiliary: "America's Volunteer Lifesavers."

While patrolling the upper Sacramento River, on the afternoon of Nov. 28, several miles north of the I-80 Bridge, the crew of the "Sar Trek" observed a small 18-foot boat with three persons aboard rapidly drifting toward a wing dam.

Wing dams are used by the Army Corps of Engineers to divert a river into the center channel. If a boat were to go over a wing dam, the propellers, out drives or the hulls would sustain damage, at a minimum. In addition the vessel would run the risk of getting stuck on the wing dam, which could cause it to capsize.

The crew of the "Sar Trek", using a loudspeaker to communicate with the stricken craft learned that it was having engine trouble and had no anchor.

Coxswain and owner Davis Bogue, from Granite Bay, Calif., said those onboard the boat had no idea they were approaching a serious navigational hazard.

0 Comments:

Post a Comment

<< Home