- Associated Press - Friday, August 4, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say a ferry veered from its route to rescue 10 people off a sinking boat near Alcatraz Island.

The U.S. Coast Guard says it received a mayday call from a sinking 31-foot Chris-Craft recreational boat Thursday night after the vessel apparently struck a rock near the former prison island and began taking on water.

The Sacramento Bee reports (https://bit.ly/2v73nul ) the ferry, which shuttles visitors to and from Alcatraz Island, responded and rescued the boat’s 10 passengers. The boat sank a short time later in 100 feet of water.

A video posted on social media shows the ferry approaching the boat while the passengers stand on deck wearing lifejackets.

After someone successfully throws a line, the boat is pulled close to the ferry and the passengers get on it.


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