• An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., hoists a man after he became stranded on the north jetty on the Columbia River near Ilwaco, Wash., Jan. 17, 2014. The aircrew successfully hoisted the man aboard the helicopter and transported him to Station Cape Disappointment. U.S. Coast Guard video by Sector Columbia River, Ore.

    Coast Guard hoists man from jetty near Ilwaco

    WARRENTON, Ore. — An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., hoisted one man after a vessel ran against the north jetty on the Columbia River near Ilwaco, Wash., Friday afternoon. There were no reports of pollution or major injuries. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, in Warrenton, were contacted at approximately 12 p.m. […]

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  • Pacific County Investigates Faulty AHAB Siren Tests Monday

    South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency’s (PCEMA) All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) siren system was activated Monday as part of the regular monthly testing schedule. There were issues with the siren activations and preliminary reports are indicating that results at each siren site may differ.

    PCEMA is working closely with the Washington Emergency Management Division to determine the cause of the malfunction.

    The standard procedure for the monthly test is for the sirens to sound the Westminster Chimes for 10 seconds followed by a 15 second verbal message stating “The following is a test of the siren warning system. It is only a test. This is a test of the siren warning system. If this had been a real emergency you should tune your radio to your local radio station or listen to this system for further instructions. This was only a test.”

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  • Volunteers Sought to Help Clean up State Park Coastal Beaches

    Grays Harbor County, Washington – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and partners invite the public to participate in the International Coastal & Underwater Cleanup.
    Gov. Chris Gregoire has proclaimed Sept. 19 and 20 official Operation Shore Patrol Days, and she urges citizens to participate in keeping Washington’s Pacific waterways clean. The goal of Operation Shore Patrol is to focus attention on litter accumulated from water and land sources on Washington state ocean beaches. Litter poses a threat to people, fish and wildlife and creates an unsightly environment. Operation Shore Patrol is a major step in helping to rid the Washington state coastline of litter and debris.
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  • Coast Guard responds to small plane crash in the Columbia River near Astoria, Ore.

    SEATTLE – The Coast Guard is responding to a plane crash in the Columbia River, Ore., near the 17th Street Pier in Astoria, Ore., Friday.

    Coast Guard Air Station Astoria  received a call from a local civilian reporting that a small plane had crashed into the Columbia River near the 17th Street Pier. The two people in the plane were recovered by the Columbia River Bar pilot boat "Arrow # 2"  and taken to the 17th Street Pier where local emergency personnel were waiting.


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