COYOTE POINT -- Six paddlers were rescued by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Saturday after a outrigger canoe was damaged during a boating trip north of Coyote Point Harbor.
A group of 18 adults, all members of a canoe club, were about a mile off Coyote Point when one of their outrigger canoes lost a stabilizing pontoon.
"Each canoe had six adults in it," said Barry Chandler, a ranger who works in the Coyote Point harbormaster's office. "When one canoe got damaged, they tied it to the second. The third canoe paddled back and asked for help."
The Coyote Point harbormaster alerted the Marine Unit of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office at 12:08 p.m. about the canoe in distress. Three vessels in the unit, which had been on routine patrol in the bay, responded.
"The boat wasn't sinking, but they did need to be rescued," Chandler said. "The boat could have flipped over."
The Marine Unit then safely transferred the group to the sheriff's vessels, and those rescued were brought back to the Coyote Point launch ramp.
All of the paddlers were treated on the scene, and none required additional medical transport.
Authorities said everyone in the group was wearing a life jacket.
"The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is very proud of our Marine Unit for their swift actions," the department said in a statement.
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