Tow Afloat Off California Coast after Tug vessel Sinks

By Accidents

The USCG has rescued 4 seafarers from a life raft after their tug vessel sank in a towing operation off California near Big Sur.
The USCG stated that they received a distress call from the tugboat Delta Captain at 02:55 pm. Saturday and instantly dispatched rescue team; a 47-foot Motor Life Vessel from Coast Guard Station Monterey, the Coast Guard Cutter Sockeye — an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Vessel homeported in Bodega Bay — and an HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter from USCG Air Station San Francisco.
The USCG helicopter crew team located the 4 survivors of the Delta Captain tugboat and deployed a rescue swimmer to hoist them aboard. All 4 seafarers were transported to shore in Monterey, and transferred to awaiting emergency medical technicians. There were no reports of injured people.
The tug vessel Delta Captain sank and may still be attached via towline to the barge. USCG response crew members are on scene and the recovery effort is underway. In addition, 2 tug vessels are on way to the scene to tow the barge.
The U.S. Coast Guard and the Fish and Wildlife Office of Spill Prevention and Response Department have set up an accident command post at Coast Guard Sector San Francisco, situated on Yerba Buena Island.