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Abducted Children From South City Are Rescued Off Monterey Peninsula

The two parentally abducted children have been recovered after South City Police worked with FBI and US Coast Guard to track the stolen yacht down the California Coast Friday.

Update 11:00 p.m.: Authorities said late Friday night that after tracking the stolen sailboat for most of the day, they decided to confront the vessel when it took an unexpected turn south after reaching Monterey Bay. Coast Guard and FBI approached via boat and Maffei cooperated, allowing them to board the yacht.

Before a fisherman notified the Coast Guard that he spotted the vessel 50 miles off the coast of Half Moon Bay early Friday morning, authorities were reportedly conducting air searches in the region of the Sacramento Delta.

At around 10 a.m., the US Coast Guard spotted the vessel. According to one police officer at the pier late Friday night, Maffei did look up to a Coast Guard aircraft at one point during the day and wave.

Late Friday night, the children's mother arrived at the Monterey pier and was reunited with them while they were checked out by peramedics.


The two young South San Francisco children who were allegedly on Tuesday have been rescued by the US Coast Guard off the coast of the Monterey Peninsula.

According to the Coast Guard, the sailboat was apprehended this evening and the children are unharmed.

Christopher Maffei, the children's father, surrendered without incident in sailing waters off the peninsula shortly before 8 p.m. Friday, Coast Guard spokesman Thomas McKenzie said. He said the children would be checked out by medical personnel, but anticipated they would return home shortly.

Early Friday morning, a commercial fisherman saw the vessel 50 miles off the coast of Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay, and had since traveled south toward Monterey.

Maffei is reported to have left South San Francisco Tuesday with the kids before stealing a yacht at Ballena Isle Marina in Alameda.

South San Francisco Police worked with county, state, and federal agencies during the investigation.

Bay City News and Sara Rubin in Monterey contributed to this report.

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Taylor Wiles September 08, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Yes, the latest information I had was yesterday that Jennifer Nipon, the mother of the two children said that the couple has shared custody of the children, which is why an amber alert was not initially issued.
Greg DesBrisay September 09, 2012 at 05:22 PM
So, if they have shared custody, why is this called a kidnapping?
Titus September 09, 2012 at 08:05 PM
This is a generic comment. What we are gradually accepting is the concept of state ownership of your children..(in their best interest mind you). The state can and often denies the children one parent. This in effect ensures that the other parent, usually the father works harder to provide for his ex and his children. Should the father re-marries and have more children, the best interest of those children are irrelevant. Follow the money and control trail and the state interest in this slave ownership would be much more apparent.
Michael G. Stogner September 10, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Shared custody does not translate to entering the house uninvited or announced through the back door. It does not involve running away with your children under your arms and your grandmother chasing you because she is responsible for their care that day. That is the kidnapping part, then it goes to lets steal a boat that you have already scoped out which demonstrates you have been planning this for a while. There are all kinds of problems here and it ended in the BEST way possible nobody hurt except the Grandmother......very lucky
Greg DesBrisay September 10, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Michael, you seem to have much more info than is presented in the article above. Thanks! Much of this does not make sense though if indeed the parents shared custody. This cannot be the whole story.

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