A small sailboat found itself stuck on the Park Street Bridge at about 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 30.
According to police, the sailor on board the small craft, about 12-15 feet in length, was unable to turn around at the bridge as planned.
Lacking the sail or engine power to fight the current, which was moving east and pushing the boat toward the bridge, the boat — or rather, the boat’s mast — got stuck on the bridge as its captain tried unsuccessfully to turn it at the bridge.
At about 6 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard gave the sailboat a tow into the current and towed it west until the sailor on board was able to move it further west and into the estuary on his own.
Several members of the Alameda Police Department and the Alameda Public Words Department organized the effort to help move the craft from the western side of the Park Street Bridge.
Nearby at the Dragon Rouge Vietnamese Bistro, a deck-full of bar and restaurant patrons watched the action.