Sighting Reported of Yacht Off Pillar Point With Kidnapped Children

A commercial fisherman off Pillar Point Harbor reported seeing a yacht that fit the description. Coast Guard was on its way this morning to the reported area.

According to the South San Francisco Police Department, U.S. Coast Guard aircraft left this morning to travel to 50 miles off Pillar Point, where a witness reported to have seen the yacht that is carrying two children abducted Tuesday.

Christopher Maffei, 43, the father of the two children is suspected to have taken them from South San Francisco and left in a white Ford Fusion before fleeing on a stolen yacht at Ballena Isle Marina in Alameda.

A commercial fisherman reported at 4 a.m. Friday that he saw a boat that matched the Coast Guard's description of the vessel. The fisherman had heard a public notice about the yacht on the boating emergency radio channel 16.

The fisherman reported seeing a small child on the vessel. He did not report any signs of distress, and left the vessel before contacting authorities.

According to SSF Police Seargent Bruce McPhillips, there have been no witness reports of the yacht being under sail, and is likely either under power or adrift. McPhillips had no knowledge of Maffei's experience as a sailor, his motives or how much fuel was aboard the vessel.

The vessel's name is "Unleashed" and "San Francisco, CA" is also painted on the stern.

"Based on how recent the siting was, there's a good chance it will come to resolution," McPhillips said.

See the attached PDF for more information on the case, as well as photographs of the children.

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Denise Delaney September 07, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Here's the latest: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Cops-closing-in-on-father-kids-and-yacht-3847831.php#src=fb
Denise Delaney September 07, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I've been sort of glued to this story because the kids' mother is a friend of a friend.
Taylor Wiles September 07, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Denise, Thanks very much for your comments. If you have time to talk about this, please do email me at southsanfranciscopatch@gmail.com. -SSF Patch Guest Editor, Tay Wiles


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