Rucks was moving it to Sausalito and planned to use it as a work platform to store boat repair tools, said Inspector Mike Mahoney with the San Francisco Police Department.
It was loaded with chains and anchors to be used in mooring it next to boats that needed repairs, Mahoney
said.Both the tow boat and the dinghy were outfitted with motors.
Rucks said he
had enlisted the help of the Alameda man, whom he
met a week ago, to move the craft to Sausalito, Mahoney
The men put out a distress call to the Coast Guard after the boat's motor died and it started taking on water through the holes.The boat began sinking and the men bailed water with hand pumps.Before help could arrive, the vessel began to tilt and then capsized in 35 feet of water.
"It was dark and the water was so murky that the search was called off until daylight," Mahoney
said."It was too dangerous to search in the dark with all the chains and sinkers."
At 8 a.m., the Army Corps of Engineers used a barge with a hoist to right the upturned boat.The body of the Alameda man was discovered tangled in chains.
Authorities want to locate the man's family and notify them before releasing his