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Six on cargo ship with COVID-19 sent to San Francisco hospitals

Six crew members of a freighter in the San Francisco Bay area were taken to hospitals for treatment for COVID-19, officials said.

None of the crew who were transported Monday afternoon appeared seriously ill, but they requested to be transported to hospitals, authorities said.

Of 21 crew members aboard the Global Striker ship, 19 are positive for the coronavirus, said Pete Vasilarakis, the on-duty public affairs officer for the Coast Guard’s San Francisco area. The six who were flown by San Francisco firefighters to Pier 26 were taken to UC San Francisco and California Pacific Medical Center.

The rest of the crew did not request to be sent to hospitals, said Lt. Jonathan Baxter of the San Francisco Fire Department.

San Francisco firefighters rescue crew members of the Global Striker ship who have requested to be transported to hospitals.

(San Francisco Fire Department Public Information Office)

San Francisco firefighters received a 911 call from the ship at 1:21 p.m. Monday, with a report of crew members feeling ill. All six crew members who requested to be seen in hospitals described flu-like symptoms, Baxter said.

The Global Striker is a 2013-built bulk carrier flying the flag of the peaceful nation of Vanuatu, with its home port in Port Vila, the largest city in the archipelago.

According to, the ship left the port of West Sacramento, just west of the state capital, Thursday at 12:16 p.m., and anchored in San Francisco Bay about eight hours later.

The ship is currently anchored approximately halfway between San Francisco and Alameda.