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UPDATED Ferry passenger apparently goes overboard, drowns

Submitted by on 1, March 5, 2010 – 2:22 pm2 Comments

Updated at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, March 6

The San Francisco Appeal is reporting that the identity of the woman who apparently went overboard off a Friday morning ferry has been released.

The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office identified the woman as Shayla Hudson, 28. They said the woman didn’t have a fixed residence.

Lt. Junior Grade Jeremy Pichette said Friday that the captain of the ferry Peralta called them at 9:17 a.m. Friday to report a possible passenger overboard after they conducted a passenger count when the ferry arrived at Oakland from San Francisco and they discovered they were one passenger short. The ferry’s route includes San Francisco, Oakland and Alameda.

At 9:56 a.m., the crew of a Coast Guard Dolphin helicopter spotted a woman floating near Anchorage 8, which is west of Alameda Point. A recovery boat picked up the woman, Hudson, and performed CPR as they headed to Pier 39 in San Francisco. When they arrived in San Francisco, Hudson was pronounced dead by EMS personnel.

Pichette said Friday that the Coast Guard is investigating the incident.

“The exact circumstances we don’t know, and it’s under investigation,” Pichette said.


  • Jon Spangler says:

    What a sad event, and a sobering one.

    The weather today did not seem unusual here on the main island, and I wonder what factors contributed to the drowning incident.

    Life is not as certain as we usually think it is…

  • Meme says:

    Yeah that’s my sister. She did have a residence where she moved into recently. My sister was very stressed out and has been going through alot since she was little, though that does not mean it was done on purpose. No one knows what happened, but I wish she would have never been on the ferry period.

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