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Monday, November 22, 2010

Man Stranded 5 Days on Island During Rubber Raft Voyage Still Wants To Reach San Francisco

Posted By on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Soon to be in San Francisco
  • Soon to be in San Francisco

A man attempting to paddle a rubber raft from Sacramento to San Francisco was stranded for five days on a small island in the Delta. Notwithstanding, the 54-year-old Northridge resident plans on continuing his voyage to San Francisco, said Levi Read, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard, which rescued the man Monday morning.

"From my understanding he is continuing his journey to San Francisco,

but not in the water," Read said. "He really wanted to complete his journey."

Per policy, the Coast Guard is not releasing the man's name.

The man set off for San Francisco via a rubber raft bobbing down the Sacramento River. But his vessel sprung a leak and began sinking five days ago. He made it to Roe Island, one of the small, windy outcroppings that dot the Sacramento River Delta.

 He reached his family by cell phone this morning, but he couldn't tell them which island he was on. A family member contacted the Coast Guard, and relayed that the stranded man could hear the bugle call reveille every morning from the island. That led Coast Guard officials to believe the man was near Concord Naval Weapons Station, at the mouth of the Delta and not far from Suisun. The Coast Guard obtained GPS information from the man's cell phone provider, and concluded he was on Roe Island, which looks like this:
click to enlarge Here Stood Rubber Raft Crusoe
  • Here Stood Rubber Raft Crusoe

According to a Coast Guard Report:

The Coast Guard launched a 25-foot response boat from Station Vallejo to respond. Once on scene, the rescue crew was able to locate the man who was waving a red flag. The Coast Guard crew transferred the man to a pier in Martinez Marina where emergency medical technicians were waiting. The man was determined to be in stable condition.

When Rubber Raft Crusoe does reach San Francisco, we highly recommend he visit Stow Lake.

click to enlarge Maybe this one won't spring a leak...
  • Maybe this one won't spring a leak...

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