PITTSBURG -- Three people who set out on a jet ski Saturday evening went missing for 2 1/2 hours near Pittsburg before they were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard, authorities said Sunday.

The names, ages and hometowns of the three were not released Sunday.

The Coast Guard received a report from a mother worried about her son and two friends who had gone out on the watercraft around 9 p.m. and not returned. They said they were headed to watch the sun set.

Coast Guard Station Rio Vista notified mariners in the area to keep a lookout for the jet skiers and then Coast Guard response boats were launched from Station Rio Vista and Coast Guard Station Vallejo. A MH-65 helicopter flew out from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco and the Contra Costa County Sheriff's marine unit assisted with the search.

About midnight Saturday, the jet ski and the trio were located by Station Vallejo's response boat near Spoonbill Creek.

All three passengers, who were wearing life jackets, were rescued, and transported back to the Pittsburg Marina. No one was seriously injured. It was not clear Sunday afternoon if the jet ski ran out of gas or had a mechanical problem, but life jackets were key to the positive outcome.

"It was fortunate in this case that the persons in distress had life jackets, and were able to get to shore and be located by our response (teams) before excessive exposure to the marine environment," said Capt. Mike Day, deputy commander of Coast Guard Sector San Francisco. "This case highlights the need for mariners to have means of communication, both by voice and via visual distress signals, such as flares."


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