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22 saved from sinking wine tasting boat in SF Bay

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Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 5:37 pm

SAN FRANCISCO — A wine tasting cruise boat carrying nearly two dozen people started sinking near Alcatraz island in San Francisco Bay, but the U.S. Coast Guard says everyone aboard was safely rescued.

Petty Officer Pamela Boehland says the 40-foot boat the Neptune hit an unknown object in the bay Friday night, leaving it with a 1-foot gash.

Boehland says the boat began taking on water and sinking. But a Coast Guard boat happened to be nearby, taking on board most of the Neptune's 22 passengers and crew and summoning another Coast Guard vessel that picked up the rest.

The boats took the passengers to San Francisco's Pier 39. There were no reports of injuries.

The Neptune's website, which advertises it as a "floating wine tasting room," says it holds 42 passengers for wine tasting. It was still sinking as rescue boats left.