On 30 April, the 28.08-metre yacht Going Coastal sunk 9 miles off the coast of Monterey Bay, California. The US Coast Guard rescued two crew members who made a mayday call at approximately 11:45 via VHF-FM channel 16, reporting their yacht was taking on water approximately 35 miles south of Monterey. Photo: Seaman Ryan EstradaThe Official U.S. Coast Guard 11th District Pacific Southwest released a statement of the events following the crew's mayday call:
Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders issued an urgent marine-information broadcast, dispatched a Coast Guard Station Monterey 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew and diverted a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco Dolphin helicopter crew to assist. The Going Coastal crew followed up that the flooding was under control prompting the Coast Guard to cancel the Dolphin crew.
The RB-M crew arrived on scene at approximately 1:30 p.m., assessed the situation, transferred a crewmember and dewatering pump to the yacht and began escorting the ship toward Monterey Bay.
Around 3:45 p.m., the crew noticed the rate of flooding had increased and the Coast Guard dispatched a Dolphin crew to assist. The Dolphin crew arrived on scene around 4:55 p.m. and delivered its rescue swimmer and a second dewatering pump to the Going Coastal. Photo: Seaman Ryan EstradaAt approximately 5:20 p.m., the ship had reportedly lost electrical and engine power and the flooding rate continued to increase. Photo: Seaman Ryan EstradaThe Coast Guard RB-M crew rescued the Going Coastal crewmembers before the yacht sank approximately nine miles south of Monterey Bay. The Coast Guard took the Going Coastal crew back to Monterey with no reported injuries.
The owner of the yacht reported the vessel had around 1,200 gallons of diesel fuel aboard and is working with his insurance company to salvage the vessel. An Air Station San Francisco Dolphin helicopter will conduct an overflight Friday at 8 a.m. Coast Guard Sector San Francisco's Incident Management Division is working with the owner and will approve the salvage plan.Photo: Seaman Ryan Estrada