WARRENTON — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two men from the South Jetty after their vessel capsized and broke up on the Columbia River bar Friday night.

The crew of the fishing vessel Elsie from Hammond contacted Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton at approximately 9:57 p.m.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Astoria and two motor lifeboat crews from Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Wash., went to the scene. 

The men were thrown overboard from the Elsie after contacting the Coast Guard and managed to climb onto the jetty, where they used a cell phone to dial Astoria 911. The helicopter crew hoisted them to safety. Both men were taken to Air Station Astoria with no reported injuries. Both men were wearing survival suits, significantly protecting them from the elements and making it easier for the Coast Guard crew to spot them, said Coast Guard personnel.

Winds on scene were at 5 knots with 8- to 12-foot seas. Air temperature was 56 degrees, and the water was 10 degrees warmer.


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