Coast Guard cutter crew rescues 2 people, dog near Westport

Coast Guard Boat in Morro Bay, CA 04 Dec 2007

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Lion, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Bellingham, Wash., rescued two people and a dog in the water near the entrance to Westport, Wash., Saturday.

Sea Lion crew safely recovered the 52-year-old man, 50-year-old woman, and their dog, treating them for signs of hypothermia while transporting them to Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor.

The crew of the Sea Lion, while on a routine patrol, discovered the two people and dog clinging to their overturned 22-foot vessel. The Sea Lion crew notified Sector Columbia River watchstanders and launched their small boat to recover the individuals. The Sea Lion remained on scene to monitor the overturned vessel and ensure the safety of boaters in the area while Station Grays Harbor launched to tow the overturned vessel into port.

“A big Bravo Zulu to the alert crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Lion,” said Mark Dobney, a command duty officer at Sector Columbia River. “This case illustrates the importance of having proper safety equipment and communications devices while at sea. Without the excellent professionalism of the Sea Lion crew, these survivors may not have been found.”

A small boat crew from Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor recovered the overturned vessel and towed it into the harbor.

The weather at the time of the incident was reported as 12 to 16 mph winds and 6-foot seas.

The survivors were reported to be wearing their lifejackets. Despite signs of hypothermia, no injuries were reported and emergency medical services were declined.

Coast Guard rescues 2 from capsized vessel near Long Beach

Coast Guard Boat in Morro Bay, CA 04 Dec 2007

A Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew rescued two people from a capsized vessel near Long Beach, Wash., Sunday.

The two people were safely recovered by the Motor Life Boat crew and taken back to Station Cape Disappointment with no medical concerns.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a report from Pacific County dispatch stating that a 21-foot pleasure craft was disabled off Long Beach. Sector watchstanders contacted the crew of the disabled vessel and determined that the vessel was taking on water and they could not keep up with flooding, at which point they were advised to don lifejackets. Sector Columbia River directed the launch of the MLB crew and an Air Station Astoria MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew in response.

The MLB crew arrived on scene to find the vessel capsized. A 46-year-old man and a 52-year-old man from the capsized vessel were quickly located nearby by the MLB crew.

“This case illustrates the importance of having lifejackets and other life saving emergency equipment aboard a vessel while boating in the Pacific Northwest,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Zariczny, an operation specialist at Sector Columbia River. “Weather and sea states can be unpredictable and it is best to ensure you are prepared for any type of emergency situation.”

The pleasure craft reportedly sank with no signs of pollution and is not a hazard to navigation.

The weather at the time of the incident was reported as 18 mph winds and 6-foot seas.

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Beachwalkers and Bird Watchers needed for COASST survey

Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team
Help make a difference for the environment by collecting data for the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST).  COASST is a citizen science project dedicated to involving volunteers in the collection of high quality data on the status of coastal beaches, and trends of seabirds. Our goal is to assist government agencies and other organizations in making informed management and conservation decisions, and promote proactive citizen involvement and action. COASST volunteers systematically count and identify bird carcasses that wash ashore along ocean beaches from northern California to Alaska.  Volunteers need NO experience with birds, just a commitment to survey a specific beach (about 3/4 mile) each month.If you are interested in participating, join COASST staff for a full, 6-hour training session. Hear about how COASST started, learn how to use the custom Beached Birds field guide, and try out your new skills with some actual specimens.  There is no charge to attend a training, but plan to provide a $20 refundable deposit if you would like to take home a COASST volunteer kit complete with a COASST Beached Birds field guide. Training activities take place indoors.

 

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