As commuters watched on, the crew of the M.V. Mendocino ferry pulled a man from the water after his rowboat took on water and began to sink. At about 4 pm on Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard put out a call for a person in the water about 200 yards from shore near Pier 33.
The unidentified boater told the crew a ships wake had flooded his boat. The boat’s flotation mechanisms were cracked and failed to work leaving the 42-year old man in the water for about 10 minutes until the ferry arrived.
Crews bought the man blankets and provided dry clothes for the man who later took the ferry back to San Francisco.