Coast Guard Rescues Giants Fans After They Drifted From McCovey Cove

ALAMEDA (KCBS) – Three San Francisco Giants fans were rescued by the Coast Guard on San Francisco Bay overnight after their boat ran out of gas and drifted into marshland near the Oakland Estuary.

Robert Pargaz said he and two friends took in the sights and watched the third game Wednesday night in the Giants series against the Colorado Rockies aboard an 18-foot pleasure craft.

“I went out to McCovey Cove to go check out some of the Giants game and ran out of gas,” Pargaz said.

The friends had apparently managed to make it back across the Bay, said Anthony Mandall. They just didn’t have enough fuel to make it close to shore.

“On the way back, we ran out of gas, had to hop out and start pushing the boat,” Mandall said, to no avail.

Finding themselves mired in the muck inside the San Leandro Bay, the group called for help around 3 a.m. A small Coast Guard vessel and a rescue boat from the Alameda Fire Department answered their distress call, authorities said.

The three baseball fans, soggy but unhurt, were taken to the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline in Oakland. Their boat was still stuck in the marsh.

Pargaz and Mandall said they plan to retrieve it sometime Thursday.

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