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Boaters stranded on Tomales beach make it home safe

Three men in a boat had an impromptu beach bonfire Monday after running aground near Tomales Point, Coast Guard officials said.

The men were stranded for more than thee hours on Avalis Beach, which is near the mouth of the bay and inaccessible by land, until the tide began coming back in, said Petty Officer Trevor Armstrong with Coast Guard Bodega Bay.

Earlier that day, the men had launched the 22-foot Sea-Doo pleasure craft from Lawson's Landing, Armstrong said.

A call came into the Coast Guard at 4:55 p.m. from a person on the shore who reported seeing a flashlight in the water signaling SOS, Armstrong said.

A Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched to the area, found the boat and dropped a radio to the boaters.

"We found out there were three people in board, they were not in any distress," Armstrong said.

The men had food and water and made a fire to keep warm, he said.

Unable to reach the men by land because of the terrain and because of the low tide, the men were instructed to wait for tide to come in, Armstrong said.

The men reported at 8:10 p.m. that they were able to launch the boat. they arrived at Lawson's Landing at 8:40 p.m.


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