The San Francisco Bay rapidly transformed into a daring rescue mission for local authorities after a windsurfer failed to return from their outing, leading to a dramatic rescue near Point Bonita Lighthouse.
Around 7:55 pm, the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center received a distress call from the family of a missing windsurfer, initiating a seemingly race-against-time search and rescue operation, as documented by news.uscg.mil. Multiple rescue teams, including an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air station San Francisco and a Coast Guard Station Golden Gate 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew, swiftly leapt into action to locate the individual.
Collaborative efforts from the San Francisco Fire Department and the San Francisco Police Department played an essential role in assisting the search party. After launching their rescue assets, the helicopter aircrew successfully spotted the missing windsurfer in the vicinity of Point Bonita Lighthouse, close to 2.5 nm off the coast.
The aircrew hoisted the windsurfer to safety from the water, promptly flying him back to Air Station San Francisco. Rescue crews later reported that, miraculously, the individual appeared to show no signs of medical concerns following the chaotic ordeal.