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Coast Guard tows in fishing boat

The Triumph II is one of four special purpose crafts specifically designed with more power and stability for the deep water bars located in the Coast Guard’s 13th District

The Daily Astorian

Published on December 11, 2017 7:22AM

A Coast Guard crew aboard the Triumph II, a 52-foot motor lifeboat from Station Cape Disappointment, towed the 58-foot fishing vessel Ashlyne to Astoria Sunday.

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A Coast Guard crew aboard the Triumph II, a 52-foot motor lifeboat from Station Cape Disappointment, towed the 58-foot fishing vessel Ashlyne to Astoria Sunday.


ILWACO, Wash. — The Coast Guard towed in a 58-foot fishing vessel carrying four people and 42,000 pounds of fish Sunday after the crew lost use of the main engine about 17 miles west of Willapa Bay.

A boat crew aboard the Triumph II, a 52-foot motor life boat from Station Cape Disappointment, met the crew of the 58-foot dragger Ashlyne and towed them across the Columbia River Bar into Astoria.

Towing the Ashlyne was estimated 70- to 80-mile round-trip, towing 110 tons on the way in.

“That would make it close to the max towing capacity of the 47-MLBs, which is 150 tons,” said Chief Petty Officer Bradd Beckett, executive officer, Station Cape Disappointment. “Being that close to the towing capacity made fuel consumption a concern.”

The large volume of water that moves out on an ebb tide across deeper bars such as the Columbia and the struggle to operate a 47-footer in that environment was also of concern. That same environment, however, has little effect on the operation of the 52-footer due to the nature of construction.

“Coming back, we would of had to wait for the ebb to pass if we used the 47-MLB,” Beckett said. “Using the 52-MLB eliminated all those concerns.”



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