Search suspended after man falls in Bay

March 18, 2009 7:58:09 AM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard this morning announced it has suspended a coordinated search for a man witnesses say fell into San Francisco Bay Tuesday night.

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Coast Guard Sector San Francisco received a report that a man had gone into the water at the Richmond marina at about 9:10 p.m., and responded by immediately launching search crews aboard a 25-foot ship and an MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter, according to U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Junior Grade Christina Jones.

Jones said witnesses reported seeing the man disappear into the water as he tried to board a boat from a smaller dinghy. Whether he was wearing a life jacket could not be confirmed.

The Coast Guard was notified of the incident by the Richmond Fire Department, who assisted in the search along with Richmond police.

The Coast Guard suspended the search at 2:15 a.m.

Jones said this morning that the search could be reinitiated pending new information that would change the victim's chances for surviving a prolonged exposure to Bay waters, such as a confirmation that he was wearing a lifejacket or exposure suit, or a new witness account that he had been sighted in a different location.

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