A U.S. Coast Guard crew from Station Cape Disappointment secured a 54-foot fishing vessel at dock this morning, following an all-night tow from 55 nautical miles out in the Pacific Ocean.

Two people were aboard the Par 4 when a rope became tangled in its wheel, disabling the vessel. At about 3:20 p.m. Thursday, they called the Coast Guard, which broadcast a radio bulletin to boaters in the area, identifying the crippled Par 4's location and asking others to help.

But no one responded, said Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Buehl at Coast Guard Group Astoria today. The agency launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Cape Disappointment, which towed the Par 4 to Ilwaco, Wash., where it moored this morning.

Earlier Thursday, a Coast Guard flight crew airlifted a fisherman to safety after he collapsed from an apparent stroke.

The 37-year-old was conscious and breathing but apparently couldn't hold himself up when crewmates on the fishing vessel Capt. Armstrong called for help at 6:50 a.m. Thursday. The 42-foot vessel was off the coast of Tillamook Bay.

The Coast Guard launched an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria, which hoisted the man aboard and flew him to Station Tillamook Bay, where ambulances were waiting to take him to a Tillamook hospital. Authorities reported the man was in stable condition, Buehl said.

In other business, the Coast Guard fielded two "uncorrelated mayday" calls Thursday, one at 7:36 a.m. and one at 7:29 p.m. Both were by radio from an area on the Columbia River between the Astoria Bridge and Clatsop Spit. Both times aircraft searched the area, said Buehl. And while crews spotted plenty of vessels on the water, no one appeared to be in distress, he said. The searches were suspended.


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