The night of Wednesday, June 7, Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay received a distress call from a 40-foot sailboat, El Corazon out of Portland. They were about 15 miles off Cannon Beach, and limping on one engine to Coos Bay. The captain was sick, and the first mate was inexperienced.
When the Corazon’s other engine died, and the vessel was totally disabled, the Coast Guard went out early Thursday morning to tow them in. But the sailboat was taking on water and had become unsafe, so the order was given to abandon ship. The mariners were rescued, and the tow line was cut. Later Thursday morning, El Corazon came ashore at Cannon Beach.
As you can see from Angi Wildt’s photo, as of this Wednesday afternoon, almost a week later, El Corazon was still lying on the beach. It’s a heartbreaker for the owner, but a prime subject for local photographers.