A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted two people to safety early Tuesday morning after their boat sank 85 miles west of Nehalem Bay, Petty Officer Hayes Taylor of the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Astoria said Tuesday.

The 59-foot fishing vessel Georgene, homeported in Seattle, put out a mayday call at 1:11 a.m. after the two people aboard awoke to find the boat's engine room flooded, forcing them to abandon ship, Taylor said.

The U.S. Coast Guard launched an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and lifted George Johnson, of Seattle, and Sonny Summers, of Ocean Park, from their lifeboat to safety. Neither was injured.

The Coast Guard also diverted the cutter Orcas from Coos Bay and put out an urgent marine information broadcast. The motor vessel Lily Olderdoff responded and stood by as the lifeboat crew rescued the pair.

Two vessels ran aground Saturday because their helmsmen fell asleep, said Bob Coster, civilian search and rescue controller at U.S. Coast Guard Group Astoria.

The 67-foot Royal Quarry, owned by Warrenton businessman Dennis Sturgell, ran aground at 2:56 a.m. Saturday at the south jetty entrance of the Columbia River while fishing for black cod.

All five crew members were hoisted to safety by a helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria. A 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Cape Disappointment also responded but was unable to get close enough to the vessel to transfer the crew members.

No one was injured and there was no pollution, Coster said.

He said the Royal Quarry was towed to American Marine Construction Company, a local boat yard, for repairs. Unfortunately, Sturgell had canceled insurance on the vessel the week before, Coster said.

The 38-foot sailing vessel Gatane, from San Diego, ran aground Saturday on the north side of the entrance to Willapa Bay while its sole crew member was sleeping, Coster said. It was refloated Sunday.

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