The U.S. Coast Guard escorted a family aboard a recreational boat to safety Monday afternoon, when waves came over the bow of their vessel on the Columbia River.

At 4:38 p.m., Astoria dispatchers received a report of a boat sinking in the Columbia River just east of the Astoria Bridge. That call was transferred to the Coast Guard.

“We got a call relayed to us through 911 of an 18-foot pleasure craft taking on water,” said Watch Commander Kevin Zariczny. “We launched a (helicopter) from here in Warrenton and a boat from Cape (Disappointment). There was also a small boat from the Cutter Steadfast training in the area.”

The helicopter located the boat, and the Steadfast’s small boat went to the scene with the family that included two adults, two children and a dog.

“We confirmed that they were no longer in distress,” Zariczny said. “They had taken waves over the bow and panicked a little bit. They were never actually taking on water, there wasn’t a hole in the boat or anything. They had just kind of taken some over the bow.”

The family on their boat was escorted safely to Tongue Point.


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