A U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer found a deceased crew member on the 38-foot sailing vessel Cok Cabuk of Dundee after responding to a medical emergency call at 7:15 p.m. Sunday.
The rescue swimmer was deployed from an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter launched Air Station Astoria. The Cok Cabuk was eight miles off the coast near Tillamook. A Coast Guard motor life boat escorted the vessel into Tillamook Bay, where the Tillamook County coroner took over the case.
The Coast Guard also responded to calls from five other vessels in need of support in this area over the weekend, including a 22-foot aluminum weld boat with a starter problem and the pleasure craft Hog Hunter, both on the Columbia River.
On Friday, the 21-foot pleasure craft Opie was towed into Garibaldi by a Tillamook-based motor lifeboat after becoming disabled by an engine fire.
On Saturday at 2:42 a.m. the Coast Guard received a call from the fishing vessel Ariel of Ilwaco, which had broken down part way into the Columbia River bar. A motor life boat launched from Cape Disappointment escorted the vessel to Ilwaco.
On Sunday at 1:34 a.m., the Coast Guard responded to a call from the 56-foot fishing vessel Adler of Astoria, which broke down 38 miles off shore. The 52-foot motor life boat Triumph was launched from Cape Disappointment and towed the vessel into Ilwaco.
Also on Sunday, the Coast Guard responded to call from the fishing vessel Sitka, which had a fire on board as it was entering the Garibaldi marina. The Garibaldi Fire Department extinguished the fire.