Life vest saves man rescued from San Pablo Bay

A man survived being tossed into the San Pablo Bay from a boat that capsized Wednesday, because he wore his life vest on the boat, according to firefighters.

“The real hero of this story is the victim’s life vest,” the Rodeo-Hercules Firefighters wrote on their Facebook page, adding the protective gear “truly saved a life tonight in the rough bay waters.”

Fire crews said they were called to the bay waters outside the Phillips 66 refinery on San Pablo Avenue in Rodeo at an unspecified time Wednesday night when a refinery employee saw the boat capsize.

The employee threw the man a life ring, and the U.S. Coast Guard pulled him to safety, according to the Facebook post. The Coast Guard was in the area when the boat went over, according to fire crews.

Pinole firefighters also responded.

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