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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Unmanned Boat Collides with San Francisco Pier

Posted By on Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 7:15 AM

click to enlarge Next stop: Pier 70
  • Next stop: Pier 70
"Worse things happen at sea," is a common, if not sensitive, way of telling someone that things could be far worse for him. It's also an applicable utterance when considering a bizarre incident in the Bay yesterday.

Boater Rick Saber plunged off his 32-foot vessel, the Eagle, yesterday morning near Alcatraz. It motored on without him, eventually colliding with a dry dock at Pier 70 around three miles away. And yet, astoundingly, no harm was done to man, boat, or dry dock.

Saber, who had become tangled with a rope before falling overboard, was fished out of the water by the Coast Guard after around 20 minutes. He told ABC 7 that his life vest lived up to its title and saved his life.

He even managed to hop back in the Eagle yesterday and motor off -- without incident.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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