Wind Advisory for Grays Harbor, Warning for Pacific County

Strong winds forecast for Western Washington have prompted two separate alerts from the National Weather Service.

Pacific County and Southwestern Washington:

The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a high wind warning near beaches and headlands…which is in effect from 3 pm this afternoon to 9 am pdt wednesday. this replaces the high wind watch which was previously in effect.

* winds: near beaches and headlands…south winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts 60 to 70 mph at times. coastal communities…south winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts 45 to 55 mph at times.

* timing: beginning late this afternoon and continuing until just after sunrise wednesday morning.

* locations include: cannon beach…netarts…pacific city… long beach…cape disappointment.

* impacts: the winds will likely cause difficulties for beachgoers and those accessing beach and headland areas…including causing tree damage in headland areas.

precautionary/preparedness actions…

a high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

 

Grays Harbor County and Northwest Washington:

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Wind Advisory in effect from 5pm this afternoon to 8 am Wednesday morning.

South wind 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph will increase this evening and peak overnight.

Impacts, winds this strong can snap small tree branches, topple small or shallow rooted trees, and cause
local power outages.

A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds of 30 to 39 mph and/or gusts of 45 to 57 mph are likely.

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. via VHF-FM radio by four mariners whose 17-foot vessel had become disabled and was drifting toward the jetty. Three people were able to get to shore while the vessel’s operator remained aboard to receive a tow from the good Samaritan crew of fishing vessel Beachcomber who towed the craft away from the jetty.

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.
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.

Search-and-rescue controllers diverted an aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, and directed the launch of a boatcrew from Station Cape Disappointment, in lwaco, Wash., aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat and a shore party to assist the stranded boaters. Two of the three stranded boaters were able to climb to safety with assistance from the Station Cape Disappointment shore party.

The aircrew was able to successfully hoist the third stranded man aboard the helicopter and transported him to Station Cape Disappointment.

The Cape Disappointment MLB crew took over the tow of the rescued vessel, towing it safely to the Fort Canby boat ramp in Columbia River’s Baker Bay.
“The Coast Guard thanks the crew of the fishing vessel Beachcomber for promptly rendering assistance by maneuvering close enough to the jetty to throw a line to the pleasure craft in distress and tow it to safety,” said Capt. Bruce Jones, Sector Columbia River commander and Jayhawk co-pilot for the case. “A few more minutes banging against the rocks and the vessel would have been seriously damaged or destroyed. Today serves as a reminder that even on beautiful, relatively calm days the Columbia River entrance can become dangerous to vessels with any type of mechanical failure. Boaters should always be thoroughly prepared to be placed in a survival situation.”

Coast Guard rescues 2 people, 2 pets in Columbia River

ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescued two people and their two dogs after their boat capsized on the Columbia River near Chinook, Wash., Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., received a call stating a 17-foot pleasure craft was taking on water on the Columbia River near Fort Columbia State Park near McGowan, Wash., with two people and two dogs on board at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Sector Columbia River launched a 25-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Wash. The crew arrived on scene at approximately 3:40 p.m. to find the boat capsized and the people clinging to the boat and their dogs. Crewmembers threw heaving lines to the victims and pulled both people along with their dogs from the water. The people and dogs were transported to Chinook Marina in Chinook with no injuries.

Columbia River Coastal Tow plans to salvage the partially submerged vessel at high tide. Approximately 20 gallons of gasoline remain on board. No pollution has been reported.

Pacific County Investigates Faulty AHAB Siren Tests Monday

South Bend, Washington – The All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) siren system spotter reports have been received by the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) and forwarded to the Washington Emergency Management Division (WAEMD). The results for today’s test are:

Notes: The sequence heard Monday was 1) chimes with light, 2) wailing siren, 3) high-low pitch siren, 4) chimes, and 5) voice. The voice announcement was short, “tsunami, volcano, hazardous material”. There was no indication this event was a test. At some sites it was reported that the voice was overdriven and distorted.  

LOCATION
CHIMES
VOICE
LIGHT
Ilwaco – 807 Whealdon
NO
NO
NO
Cape Disappointment  – Space 90
YES
YES
YES
Surfside – 33104 J Place
YES
YES
YES
Ocean Park – 21611 V Ln
YES
YES
YES
Ocean Park – 2017 304th Ln
YES
YES
NO
Ocean Park – 27212 U Street
YES
YES
YES
Ocean Park – 2408 245th Lane
YES
YES
YES
Bay Center – 408 Bay Center Road
YES
YES
NA
Seaview – 3801 N Place
YES
YES
YES
Long Beach – 9211 X Street
YES
YES
YES
Long Beach – 319 2nd Street
YES
YES
YES
North Cove – 2829 SR 105 (PCFD5)
*
*
*
North Cove – Seabreeze Rd/Warrenton Cannery Rd
*
*
*

PCEMA is still awaiting spotter reports from the North Cove area.

Volunteers for the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) serve as AHAB siren spotters every month. Without their service PCEMA would be unable to submit timely and accurate monthly test results to WAEMD.

The cause for the AHAB sirens sounding multiple tones and alerts during today’s test is still under investigation. PCEMA will continue to work with WAEMD to determine the cause of the malfunction.

In actual events, the AHAB sirens will sound the constant tone for three continuous minutes, and may be followed by a verbal message. Both the Westminster chimes and the actual warning tone can be heard by visiting the PCEMA website at www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcema

Residents with questions or concerns may contact the PCEMA office at (360) 875-9340 or (360) 642-9340.

“The Ocean and You” Meeting in Illwaco

ILWACO, Wash. – A meeting sponsored by the Pacific County Exploratory-Marine Resource Committee and the State Ocean Caucus titled “The Ocean and You” will be held Wednesday, October 21st at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, in Cape Disappointment State Park – Ilwaco, WA.

Come learn, share, and discuss information about the Pacific Ocean and coastal resources: erosion, methane vents, glass sponges, marine spatial planning, and more! We are excited to welcome Dr. Paul Johnson from University of Washington who will discuss his research on methane vents and glass sponges off of Washington’s coast. See details on this event below and in the attached agenda.

The State Ocean Caucus is an interagency team with representatives from state agencies involved in ocean and coastal resource management. More information on the state ocean caucus available at: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/ocean/

For more information:
Jennifer Hennessey                       360-407-6595    or     jenh461@ecy.wa.gov

Volunteers Sought to Help Clean up State Park Coastal Beaches

In 1971, the Pacific Northwest 4-Wheel Drive Association started Operation Shore Patrol and has continued to coordinate and participate in the cleanup. The association also promotes community cooperation and support from Ilwaco to Moclips prior to and during the cleanup weekend. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Ecology with assistance from area chambers of commerce, the cities of Westport, Ocean Shores, Long Beach and Grays Harbor County. Other participating groups include the Telephone Pioneers, the Grass Roots Garbage Gang, VFW lodges and area merchants, schools, scouting and service clubs.  The 4-Wheel Drive Association is part of a newly formed coalition dedicated to ocean beach cleanup and public awareness. For more information, visit online at www.coastsavers.org.
Tribal nations on Washington’s coastline also support and participate in tribal beach area cleanup events during Operation Shore Patrol. 
State Parks will waive the camping fee (hookups not included) for cleanup participants on Friday and Saturday the weekend of the cleanup event at Cape Disappointment (Long Beach area), Twin Harbors (south beach area) and Ocean City (north beach area) state parks. A limited number of standard campsites are available. Reservations for standard campsites must be made by calling the following Pacific Northwest 4-Wheel Drive Association region coordinators after 6 p.m. weekdays or on weekends through Sept. 14:
·         Cape Disappointment State Park, 244 Robert Gray Drive, Ilwaco – for information and campsite reservations call Linda Jessen at (360) 560-4598.
·         Ocean City State Park, 148 State Route 115, Ocean Shores – for information and campsite reservations call Angela Holm at (206) 617-9478.
·         Twin Harbors State Park, 420 State Hwy 105 S, Grayland – for information and campsite reservations call Barb Woolery at (360) 893-8447.
Hookup campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis at Twin Harbors State Park. Hookup sites may be reserved for Cape Disappointment and Ocean City by calling (888) 226-7688. Fees apply.
Local merchants and service groups plan some breakfast, lunch and dinner opportunities for volunteers. They also offer discounts and contribute door prizes for raffles.
To learn about additional International Ocean Conservancy Coastal Cleanup events in Washington state, e-mail wa.coastcleanup@comcast.net or call Kathy Hale at (360) 902-8581.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission thanks the public for supporting state parks. Donations made to State Parks through the vehicle license tab renewal program starting with September 2009 renewals will keep state parks open in the 2009-2011 budget cycle, provided adequate revenues are collected. The Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. The 96-year-old park system will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013.

Coast Guard Responds to 60-foot Vessel on Fire Near Long Beach

Once on scene, the Cutter Active launched a small boat crew to retrieve the two men from the liferaft.  The two men were then transferred to the motor lifeboat and brought to Station Cape Disappointment.

The Portlock had approximately 400 gallons of diesel fuel and two propane tanks onboard.  There were no reports of injuries.

The Captain of the Port of Portland, Ore., determined the best option was to sink the vessel before it drifted to shore and imposed a threat to the coastal environment.  After consultation with the Environment Protection Agency and other federal and interested stakeholders, the order was given to sink the vessel.  The crew of the Cutter Active sunk the vessel eight miles offshore.

Oceanographers at the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration have determined that any fuel residue from the wreck would drift seaward with minimal long-term impact.

 

ASTORIA, Ore. – Coast Guard crews responded to a boat fire approximately 10 miles from the coast of Long Beach, Wash., Monday Aug. 31, 2009. Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria received a call at 4 p.m. from a crewman aboard the 60-foot fishing vessel Portlock reporting that the vessel was on fire. The two crewmembers aboard Portlock were able to relay coordinates to a Coast Guard watchstander before abandoning ship into a liferaft. (U.S. Coast Guard video/Petty Officer 3rd Class Kelly Parker)

ASTORIA, Ore. – Coast Guard crews responded to a boat fire approximately 10 miles from the coast of Long Beach, Wash., Monday Aug. 31, 2009. Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria received a call at 4 p.m. from a crewman aboard the 60-foot fishing vessel Portlock reporting that the vessel was on fire. The two crewmembers aboard Portlock were able to relay coordinates to a Coast Guard watchstander before abandoning ship into a liferaft. (U.S. Coast Guard video/Petty Officer 3rd Class Kelly Parker)

ASTORIA, Ore. – Coast Guard crews responded to a boat fire approximately 10 miles from the coast of Long Beach, Wash., Monday Aug. 31, 2009. Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria received a call at 4 p.m. from a crewman aboard the 60-foot fishing vessel Portlock reporting that the vessel was on fire. The two crewmembers aboard Portlock were able to relay coordinates to a Coast Guard watchstander before abandoning ship into a liferaft. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Kelly Parker)

ASTORIA, Ore. – Coast Guard crews responded to a boat fire approximately 10 miles from the coast of Long Beach, Wash., Monday Aug. 31, 2009. Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria received a call at 4 p.m. from a crewman aboard the 60-foot fishing vessel Portlock reporting that the vessel was on fire. The two crewmembers aboard Portlock were able to relay coordinates to a Coast Guard watchstander before abandoning ship into a liferaft. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Kelly Parker)

ASTORIA, Ore. – Coast Guard crews responded to a boat fire approximately 10 miles from the coast of Long Beach, Wash., Monday Aug. 31, 2009. Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria received a call at 4 p.m. from a crewman aboard the 60-foot fishing vessel Portlock reporting that the vessel was on fire. The two crewmembers aboard Portlock were able to relay coordinates to a Coast Guard watchstander before abandoning ship into a liferaft. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Kelly Parker)

ASTORIA, Ore. – Coast Guard crews responded to a boat fire approximately 10 miles from the coast of Long Beach, Wash., Monday Aug. 31, 2009. Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria received a call at 4 p.m. from a crewman aboard the 60-foot fishing vessel Portlock reporting that the vessel was on fire. The two crewmembers aboard Portlock were able to relay coordinates to a Coast Guard watchstander before abandoning ship into a liferaft. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Kelly Parker)

ASTORIA, Ore. – Coast Guard crews responded to a boat fire approximately 10 miles from the coast of Long Beach, Wash., Monday Aug. 31, 2009. Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria received a call at 4 p.m. from a crewman aboard the 60-foot fishing vessel Portlock reporting that the vessel was on fire. The two crewmembers aboard Portlock were able to relay coordinates to a Coast Guard watchstander before abandoning ship into a liferaft. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Kelly Parker)

ASTORIA, Ore. – Coast Guard crews responded to a boat fire approximately 10 miles from the coast of Long Beach, Wash., Monday Aug. 31, 2009. Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria received a call at 4 p.m. from a crewman aboard the 60-foot fishing vessel Portlock reporting that the vessel was on fire. The two crewmembers aboard Portlock were able to relay coordinates to a Coast Guard watchstander before abandoning ship into a liferaft. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Kelly Parker)

ASTORIA, Ore. – Coast Guard crews responded to a boat fire approximately 10 miles from the coast of Long Beach, Wash., Monday Aug. 31, 2009. Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria received a call at 4 p.m. from a crewman aboard the 60-foot fishing vessel Portlock reporting that the vessel was on fire. The two crewmembers aboard Portlock were able to relay coordinates to a Coast Guard watchstander before abandoning ship into a liferaft. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Kelly Parker)

ASTORIA, Ore. – Coast Guard crews responded to a boat fire approximately 10 miles from the coast of Long Beach, Wash., Monday Aug. 31, 2009. Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria received a call at 4 p.m. from a crewman aboard the 60-foot fishing vessel Portlock reporting that the vessel was on fire. The two crewmembers aboard Portlock were able to relay coordinates to a Coast Guard watchstander before abandoning ship into a liferaft. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Kelly Parker)

Coast Guard responds to small plane crash in the Columbia River near Astoria, Ore.

The Coast Guard Cutter Fir, homeported in Astoria, the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast, homeported in Astoria launched small boat crews to the scene of the crash along with a 25-foot small response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment, Wash., and a small boat from the local sheriffs office also reported to the scene.

The crews are working to recover the plane from the water to minimize environmental damage.

No injuries were reported.

An unknown amount of fuel was reported around the site of the plane crash. 

The National Response Center  has been notified and Coast Guard Sector Portland investigators are currently en route to the scene. 

The cause of the crash is currently unknown.