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Boaters rescued off Goat Rock

Two men were rescued Monday from a disabled boat in choppy seas near Goat Rock off the Sonoma Coast, Coast Guard Bodega Bay officials said.

The men radioed the Coast Guard just after 1:30 p.m. to report their engine failed and they were taking in water about a half mile from the shore by Arched Rock, just north of Goat Rock near Jenner, said Bob Paulino, a boatswain's mate first class.

Vessel operator Doug Garloff, 44, of Healdsburg and his co-fisherman Bob Santini, 64, of Santa Rosa experienced engine trouble after switching gas tanks, Sonoma County Sheriff's Sgt. Ed Hoener said. After hooking up the second tank the engine briefly ran rough then quit, Hoener said. The men radioed for help.

Wind and 6- to 8-foot ocean swells knocked the 17-foot Boston Whaler about and pushed it toward shore.

"Waves were washing up over the boat, and they took on sea spray, but they had appropriate survival gear," Paulino said.

The Coast Guard's 47-foot lifeboat launched from the Bodega Bay station at 1:40. Sonoma Coast State Parks staff and Sonoma County sheriff's deputies staged by the shoreline.

The boat reached the men by 2:17 p.m. where they had drifted within about a quarter-mile from the Sonoma Coast.

They pulled the men into the lifeboat and abandoned the Whaler, which had taken on quite a bit of water, Paulino said.

Garloff and Santini were cold but otherwise fine.

Paulino noted that the area had no cell reception and the men used a marine radio to reach the Coast Guard on a channel that is constantly monitored.


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