Alameda in pictures: Beached in the Bay

Alameda in pictures: Beached in the Bay

Richard Bangert

Photos by Richard Bangert.

Saturday night at sundown I was walking along Shore Line Drive next to the beach when I saw three jet boaters heading at full throttle toward the Bay Farm Bridge. By the time I got to the bird sanctuary observation deck, I could see the three jet boaters stuck in the mud.

They made a slight miscalculation of the tide, perhaps, or maybe they had never before gone out into San Francisco Bay via San Leandro Bay and didn't realize how shallow the water is between the Main Island's South Shore and Bay Farm. I don't know for sure where they launched from, but I'm assuming it was from the boat launch at Martin Luther Kking Regional Shoreline Park along Doolittle Drive.

I'm not sure who called 911. There was a Harbor Bay security vehicle at the shoreline on Harbor Bay. There was no emergency, although I have heard anecdotally that it would be risky to try to walk across the mud at low tide. It was somewhat amusing seeing the number of emergency vehicles that showed up: Three fire trucks, the battalion chief, and three police vehicles. The three boaters made it safely to the sidewalk on Shore Line - muddy, and perhaps, embarrassed.


Submitted by Tom (not verified) on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

Another fine grounding by those who leap before they think!!!

Is interesting to observe the boats going aground in San Leandro Bay and the NW shore of Bayfarm Island...

Remember "All that is wet is not deep!" especially at low tide.........

Submitted by 10dB (not verified) on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

I teach boating safety courses and I feel that, sadly, many jet ski operators are ignorant of most basic knowledge about operating a boat -- tides, water depths, right-of-way rules, etc. (Go over to the ferry terminal on a nice summer day and watch the action in the Estuary). Unlike sand beaches, you sink deeply into a mud bottom and it's difficult to "walk to shore" -- witness the mud-up-to-the-knees on the individuals in these pictures. For a really spectacular example of jet ski "operation," see

Submitted by Bob Frank (not verified) on Fri, Nov 14, 2014

It has ever been so. I cite this from "Alameda History" on : " A wooden cantilever bridge (1874) connected Bay Farm Island’s 30 residents to 1,800 acres at low tide and only 300 at high tide." [emphasis added]