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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