The U.S. Coast Guard is monitoring a stolen 82-foot sailboat that ran aground in the surf in Pacifica this morning, an agency spokeswoman said. The North County Fire Authority received a report of a boat in distress in shallow water near Linda Mar Beach at 5:18 a.m., fire spokesman Matt Lucett said. The vessel “Darling” had run aground there, Coast Guard Ensign Corinne Gaines said. Three people were believed to be aboard, and no injuries were reported, Gaines said.
The Coast Guard dispatched a swimmer to supply the sailboat crew with a radio, she said. The Coast Guard has ordered the crew off the vessel for their safety but has not received a response. The Coast Guard is working on a plan for how to get them off the boat, Gaines said. Sausalito police received a call just before 8 a.m. from the owner of the boat saying it had been stolen from the Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Sgt. Bill Fraass said. According to Fraass, the boat’s owner was watching the news broadcast of the beached vessel when he recognized the boat as his own.
Lucett said it was low tide this morning, and the boat was stuck in about 4 feet of water. He said high tide will not peak until 10 p.m. Once the occupants are off the sailboat, a salvage crew will come in to get the boat off the beach, Lucett said. No fuel leaks have been detected.
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