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High Winds Dislodge Boats on Richardson's Bay on Sunday, February 9

Post Date:02/14/2020 2:50 PM

Gusting north-northeast winds buffeted Richardson's Bay during daylight hours on Sunday, February 9, dislodging boats and leading to multiple calls for service from the Sausalito Police Department and the U.S. Coast Guard. The National Weather Service says the wind event was unusual because offshore winds are more common in autumn and don't typically have widespread impacts on urban and other low elevation areas.

Incidents on the Sausalito waterfront included the following:
  • Four boats washed up on Schoonmaker Beach
  • A boat washed ashore on City property adjacent to Dunphy Park
  • A boat capsized at the Bridgeway Marina at 225 Locust Street
  • A boat broke loose from its anchor and ended up sideways at the Turney Street Boat Ramp
The Sausalito Police report that there were no injuries or fatalities as a result of the incidents on Sunday.

All of the boats that washed ashore had been anchored outside of Sausalito waters. Two of the boats had previously been identified as marine debris by the Richardson's Bay Regional Agency.

The high winds also disrupted Golden Gate Ferry service between Sausalito and San Francisco for several hours. Service was resumed at 4:30 p.m.

Any questions about the day's events or about emergency response in Sausalito may be directed to Captain Bill Fraass at or (415) 289-4171.
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