TILLAMOOK - The U.S. Coast Guard transported an injured man from a sailboat approximately four miles from Cape Lookout to shore in Tillamook Monday morning.

But, many questions remain unanswered about how the 49-year-old man was hurt.

Air Station Astoria received a call from a concerned friend at about 9 a.m. stating that Steven Wizeman, hired to take the 35-foot sailboat Whiplash down to San Francisco, had fallen inside the boat and was having trouble breathing.

The caller told the Coast Guard that the two men aboard the boat were roughly west of Cannon Beach, said Senior Chief Kevin Roman, who supervises the Coast Guard's Search and Rescue command center for Group Astoria.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria was sent to the scene, but ended up about 70 miles north of the vessel's actual location, Roman said.

The sailboat was later located - approximately four miles from Cape Lookout - and when the helicopter crew approached, the boat's owner, James Fitzgerald, was topside at the time and did not realize the Coast Guard had been contacted. Wizeman, a licenced mariner, was below deck until help arrived, Roman said.

Two 47-foot motor life boat crews from Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay were sent to the scene, and one motor life boat crew transported Wizeman to shore while the other crew towed the vessel to Tillamook Bay.

Wizeman was taken by ambulance to Tillamook County General Hospital in Tillamook, where he was determined to have two broken ribs, cracked ribs and a punctured lung.

The incident is under investigation, Roman said.


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