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Yacht hits object and sinks 9 miles off Leadbetter Point

67-year-old rescued by Coast Guard after 45-foot vessel sinks

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Published on July 29, 2017 4:02PM

Last changed on July 29, 2017 4:29PM

This is one of two oil sheens potentially from the 45-foot pleasure yacht Sea Crest. It was spotted on the water Saturday morning after the vessel collided with an unknown object and sank 9 miles off Leadbetter Point State Park on Friday. An MH-60 Jaywhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria in Warrenton hoisted the boater from his yacht tender and safely transported him to the station, where he was checked by emergency medical service personnel.

Coast Guard photo courtesy of Lt. Cmdr. James Gibson

This is one of two oil sheens potentially from the 45-foot pleasure yacht Sea Crest. It was spotted on the water Saturday morning after the vessel collided with an unknown object and sank 9 miles off Leadbetter Point State Park on Friday. An MH-60 Jaywhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria in Warrenton hoisted the boater from his yacht tender and safely transported him to the station, where he was checked by emergency medical service personnel.

Debris from the 45-foot pleasure yacht Sea Crest was spotted on the water Saturday morning after the vessel collided with an unknown object and sank 9 miles off Leadbetter Point State Park. The 67-year-old master of the vessel reported that he was underway conducting vessel check for a new navigation system and was in auto-pilot at the time of the collision.

Coast Guard photo courtesy of Lt. Cmdr. James Gibson

Debris from the 45-foot pleasure yacht Sea Crest was spotted on the water Saturday morning after the vessel collided with an unknown object and sank 9 miles off Leadbetter Point State Park. The 67-year-old master of the vessel reported that he was underway conducting vessel check for a new navigation system and was in auto-pilot at the time of the collision.


LEADBETTER — A 67-year-old boater was rescued Friday night after his yacht collided with an unknown object and sank nine miles off Leadbetter Point State Park at the northern tip of the Long Beach Peninsula, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a press release Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River watchstanders were contacted over VHF channel 16 at 10:17 p.m. by the mariner, whose name has not been released. He said his 45-foot pleasure yacht Sea Crest had struck an unknown object and was taking on water. He said that during the collision he hit his head and may have lost consciousness, but was not sure for how long, and water was coming into the deck scuppers. He was alone.

He abandoned ship and took to his 17-foot yacht tender with a life jacket, survival suit and flares. Soon after, he said he lost sight of the lights of the Sea Crest and heard sounds that led him to think the vessel sank.

An MH-60 Jaywhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria arrived at the scene at 11:06 p.m. and hoisted the man from his tender. They sighted small items floating in the vicinity. After they finished the hoist at 11:35 p.m., they marked the yacht tender with a strobe light since the onboard lights were out. They landed at the air station at 11:56 p.m., and after the man was checked by EMS, he declined additional medical treatment.

A 47-Foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor in Westport also responded. They arrived on scene at 12:04 a.m., located the yacht tender and towed it back to their station.

On Saturday morning, a second Jayhawk helicopter crew from Astoria conducted an overflight on the scene. They located the sunken vessel and spotted two oil sheens on the water. The crew marked the location with a self-locating datum marker buoy. Sector watchstanders issued an safety marine information broadcast to alert mariners of the potential navigation hazard.

The yachtsman told Coast Guard personnel that he was underway conducting a vessel check for a new navigation system and was in auto-pilot at the time of the collision.



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