The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced three Washington residents from two boats Tuesday afternoon, said Hayes Taylor, a petty officer at Air Station Astoria. One of the three, a 54-year-old man from Des Moines, Wash., died.
Anthony Perry was pronounced dead at 7:45 p.m. at Air Station Astoria. Perry had been hoisted aboard a Coast Guard helicopter after its crew responded to a satellite phone call from the 669-foot cargo ship Gem State at 6:20 p.m. The ship was 25 miles off the mouth of the Columbia River when the crew reported a person had collapsed in the boat's engine room complaining of chest pains. They performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until help arrived. The Coast Guard helicopter crew continued trying to revive Perry as they took him to Air Station Astoria. He was pronounced dead shortly after reaching the base.
Earlier in the day, the Coast Guard had responded to another call from the Gem State in the Columbia River near the Longview Bridge at 12:08 p.m. Complaining of chest pains, 45-year-old Saleh Mohamed of Seattle was taken to Air Station Astoria, transferred to Columbia Memorial Hospital and released.
The Gem State was issued a U.S. Coast Guard order to return to anchorage in Astoria following its second call for help. A boarding crew will conduct a health check on the boat today. An investigation will continue through the Marine Safety Office in Portland.
A 58-year-old woman was also medevaced Tuesday for possible heart problems. Bonnie Mccausland of Skykomish, Wash., was aboard the 48-foot charter boat Fury, 12 miles north of Grays Harbor, Wash., when she began complaining of chest pains. A Coast Guard EMT from Station Grays Harbor boarded the charter boat around 1:45 p.m. and determined Mccausland was stable. She was transferred to waiting emergency medical services in Westport, Wash.