ILWACO - A U.S. Coast Guard crew from Station Cape Disappointment secured the 54-foot fishing vessel at dock Friday morning, Aug. 17, 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.
No one responded, said Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Buehl at Coast Guard Group Astoria Friday. The agency launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Cape Disappointment, which towed the Par 4 to Ilwaco.
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.
Station Cape Disappointment towed three different pleasure crafts and escorted another to safety after they were disabled near the mouth of the Columbia River over the weekend. In subsequent vessel boardings to check for compliance with various safety and fisheries regulations, the Coast Guard crews found no problems, Petty Officer Darin McCracken said.
In other business, the Coast Guard fielded two "uncorrelated mayday" calls last 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.