Catastrophe as Going Coastal Goes Under; Crew Saved
The Coast Guard rescued two boaters after their 92-foot yacht sank approximately nine miles south of Monterey Bay in California Thursday, April 30. Crewmemers aboard the Going Coastal made a mayday call at approximately 11:45 a.m. via VHF-FM channel 16, reporting their yacht was taking on water approximately 35 miles south of Monterey.
(Going Coastal was built by Paragon Motor Yachts and delivered in 2006. Her top speed is 17 knots and she boasted a maximum cruising range of 2300 nm at 10 knots with power coming from two 1400 hp Caterpillar 3412 diesel engines. She could accommodate up to 6 people with 4 crew members waiting on their every need. She was listed for sale for $2.5 million in 2018 and may well be under new ownership since then.)
Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders issued an urgent marine-information broadcast, dispatched a Coast Guard Station Monterey 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew and diverted a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco Dolphin helicopter crew to assist.
The Going Coastal crew followed up that the flooding was under control prompting the Coast Guard to cancel the Dolphin crew.
The RB-M crew arrived on scene at approximately 1:30 p.m., assessed the situation, transferred a crewmember and dewatering pump to the yacht and began escorting the ship toward Monterey Bay.
Around 3:45 p.m., the crew noticed the rate of flooding had increased and the Coast Guard dispatched a Dolphin crew to assist.
The Dolphin crew arrived on scene around 4:55 p.m. and delivered its rescue swimmer and a second dewatering pump to the Going Coastal. At approximately 5:20 p.m., the ship had reportedly lost electrical and engine power and the flooding rate continued to increase.
The Coast Guard RB-M crew rescued the Going Coastal crewmembers before the yacht sank approximately nine miles south of Monterey Bay. The Coast Guard took the Going Coastal crew back to Monterey with no reported injuries.
The owner of the yacht reported the vessel had around 1,200 gallons of diesel fuel aboard and is working with his insurance company to salvage the vessel. Coast Guard Sector San Francisco's Incident Management Division is working with the owner and will approve the salvage plan.
According to Yachts International, Paragon Motor Yachts manufactures custom yachts in the 24- to 30.5-metre range at their American-owned and managed boatyard in Southern Taiwan. Scott Robinson, Paragon Motor Yachts president and founder, spent over 25 years as a yacht captain, overseeing the design and build of high-end yachts.
As a build captain, according to Yachts, Robinson assembled a group of naval architects, engineers and designers. He established an office in California and began working with an established yacht manufacturer in Southern Taiwan to deliver yachts that are “paragons” of quality and seaworthiness. In 2001, Robinson built a completely new, ISO 9001-Certified facility in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and moved there to oversee operations.