LONG BEACH — U.S. Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment responded to a boat taking on water off Long Beach Sunday, the conclusion of the extremely active ocean salmon season this summer.
Once on the scene, the rescuers pulled two men from the water. The boat had already sunk when the 47-foot motor lifeboat arrived.
On its Facebook page, Station Cape D observed, “Today is the final day of ocean salmon season and the final day has been no different than most others this year... busy!”
Pacific County dispatch received a report the 21-foot pleasure craft was experiencing trouble. When Sector Columbia River watchstanders contacted the crew — two men, 46 and 52 years old — they said the water was coming in too quickly to keep up. Watchstanders advised them to don life jackets.
At that point Sector Columbia River advised the launch of the motor lifeboat crew and for U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Astoria to dispatch a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew.
“This case illustrates the importance of having life jackets and other life saving emergency equipment aboard a vessel while boating in the Pacific Northwest,” operation specialist at Sector Columbia River Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Zariczny said. “Weather and seas can be unpredictable and it is best to ensure you are prepared for any type of emergency situation.”
The two men appeared to be in high spirits, posing with their rescuers for a photo posted to the U.S. Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment Facebook page. According to Coast Guard News, there were no medical concerns.
The sunken pleasure craft showed no signs of pollution and is not a hazard to navigation. At the time of the incident, winds were reported as 18 mph and ocean swells were running 6 feet.