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Coast Guard rescues two from sinking boat

Two boaters called for help after striking an unknown object

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 7, 2017 7:47AM

WARRENTON — The Coast Guard rescued two men from a boat taking on water near Buoy 10 at the entrance of the Columbia River Wednesday.

Watchstanders at Sector Columbia River in Warrenton received a call for help from the people aboard a 33-foot wooden hull pleasure boat, which struck an unknown object and started taking on water. A 47-foot motor lifeboat and the 52-foot motor lifeboat Triumph II from Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Washington, were dispatched, along with the 87-foot patrol cutter Osprey and a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Astoria.

The 47-footer arrived first and attempted to tow and drain the vessel. When those efforts failed, the crew removed the two men from the sinking vessel and transported them to Hammond Marina, where they were released with no medical issues. The Osprey and the Triumph II also tried to save the boat but were unsuccessful.

The partially submerged vessel was last reported floating 4 miles west of the Columbia’s entrance. There was no pollution reported from the incident.


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