VIDEO: Crews Suspend Search For Missing Boat Captain After Boat Runs Aground in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Officials on Monday have suspended the search for a missing boat captain after finding a beached boat and debris near the Cliff House in San Francisco.

The United States Coast Guard started its search after receiving a call from someone who was reporting a distressed vessel from a fishing boat.

“Coast Guard personnel received notification from a good Samaritan that the fishing vessel Paloma was aground at Ocean Beach near Seal Rock in San Francisco, with one possible person onboard, Timothy Lybrand,” according to the USCG.

Lybrand alerted the captain of the other boat that he was 25 yards from shore and would try to swim the distance.

Authorities have located the distressed boat, a 40 foot fishing vessel called the Paloma of Santa Cruz.

“Units from Coast Guard Station Golden Gate, Air Station San Francisco, and the San Francisco Fire Department were dispatched and, once on scene, verified Lybrand was not onboard and possibly in the water,” the USGC said.

San Francisco Fire Battalion Chief Denise Newman says a team searched the vessel’s deck but didn’t find anything.

It’s unclear if Lybrand was wearing a life vest. “We cannot locate him right now, we’re just monitoring the fishing boat,” said San Francisco Fire Department Batallion Chief Denise Newman.

They called off the search just before noon. Crews will now focus on bringing the capsized boat to shore.

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