TOKELAND — Coast Guard crews aided two mariners aboard a 41-foot sailing vessel that ran aground Wednesday morning at the entrance to Willapa Bay near Tokeland.
Incident Management Division personnel from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., are consulting with the owner to determine the best course of action regarding the grounded vessel, according to a USCG news release.
The vessel reportedly experienced electrical issues and lost GPS and radar while sailing up the coast from Coos Bay, Ore.
Sector Columbia River watchstanders received a distress call around 6:07 a.m. from the owner of the sailing vessel Ronan after it had gone aground near the Willapa Bay entrance.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Grays Harbor launched in response.
The aircrew was unable to hoist due to the position and unpredictable motions of the vessel. A rescue swimmer was lowered onto the nearby beach, where he safely escorted the two mariners from the vessel to the shore.
“As unstable conditions grew, the crew of the sailing vessel had the proper survival suits and life jackets to don when it came time to abandon ship,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Joseph Dalida, command duty officer at Sector Columbia River. “The last place you want to be when you find out you don’t have the proper safety equipment is in an emergency.”
The weather on scene was reported as an air temperature of 47 degrees and water temperature of 57 degrees, with 10 mph winds.