Sailor Charged After Pursuit and Assault in SF Bay

A Bay Area sailor is in jail facing charges after leading the U.S. Coast Guard on a slow speed chase. ABC7 News was there as the skipper of a 45-foot sailboat was brought back to Sausalito following an hours-long cat and mouse pursuit.

David John McCormick was on a sailboat Sunday afternoon in Richardson Bay when Coast Guard officers on routine patrol noticed it had no registration numbers on her bow and decided to investigate.

The routine stop turned into a chase that lasted several hours. The Coast Guard told reporters it started when the skipper of the sailboat, or “master” as the Coast Guard calls him, refused to allow anyone on board.

“Came up alongside the sailing vessel and the master said, ‘If you come onboard, I have weapons onboard and you will be met with violence,’” said Coast Guard Lt. J.G. Mark Leahey.

The boat’s captain then cut the mooring lines and sailed away with the Coast Guard in pursuit. About 2.5 miles out to sea, the 85-foot Coast Guard cutter Sockeye convinced the boat’s owner to allow a boarding party, the Coast Guard came along side with guns drawn.

For more, including a video report of the incident visit abclocal.go.com

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