Coast Guard investigating ‘debris field,’ possible ship in distress 

The U.S. Coast Guard was on the hunt Wednesday morning for people who may have been stranded in the Bay after debris from a sunken ship was spotted near the St. Francis Yacht Club in the Marina district.

Authorities said the Coast Guard was towing a boat that had been disabled under the Golden Gate Bridge when, along the way, it spotted a “debris field” in the Bay. The debris included life jackets, a cooler and some seat cushions, officials said.

A helicopter and Coast Guard vessel began searching the water for people who may have had to abandon ship. None have been found, U.S. Coast Guard Chief Scott Brazier said.

The vessel hasn’t been located, and no oil sheen or pollution from the boat has been seen, Brazier said.

“We think we may know the circumstances of the vessel sinking,” Brazier said, but he added that the Coast Guard was waiting to confirm their hunch before releasing that information.

More information would be released later Wednesday morning, he said.

The debris was found about one and a half miles southwest of Alcatraz, Brazier said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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