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Coast Guard hoists man from jetty near Ilwaco

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.

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.”

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Coast Guard medevacs one 10-miles west of Grays Harbor

A Coast Guard aircrew from Air Station Astoria, Ore., medevac an injured crewmember aboard an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter 10-miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash., Jan. 10, 2014. The crewmember sustained a head injury after the Star Delta, a 623-foot cargo ship, encountered a swell. U.S. Coast Guard video by the 13th Coast Guard District.

SEATTLE — A Coast Guard aircrew from Air Station Astoria, Ore., medevaced an injured crewmember from a 623-foot cargo ship after he sustained a head injury 10 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash., Friday.

The crewmember was reportedly conscious when transferred into the care of local emergency medical services.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, Ore., received notification from the cargo ship Star Delta’s agent requesting assistance when a crewmember injured their head after the vessel encountered a swell.

Due to heavy weather concerns, the watchstanders conducted a conference with aircrew members from Air Station Astoria and the flight surgeon. The decision was made to deploy an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to the scene to assess the best course of action in getting the injured crewmember medevaced.

Once arriving on scene, the aircrew determined that weather conditions wouldn’t be a hindrance and was able to successfully hoist the crewmember aboard the Jayhawk.

“One of the things that made this operation successful was being able to discuss, first hand, the operational risk with the aircrew and flight surgeon,” said John Dodd, command duty officer at Sector Columbia River. “Once you’ve openly discussed everyone’s concerns, you can discuss the best courses of action, which helps an operation to go smoother.”

The crewmember was brought back to Air Station Astoria and transferred to local EMS.

He was taken to Columbia Medical Center in Astoria for further evaluation.

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Fishing vessel safely removed from beach near Grays Harbor

Coast Guard air and boatcrews responded where an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew lowered a dewatering pump to the vessel and then landed on the nearby beach to assist in the pumps operation.  The boatcrew was unable to assist the 44-foot steel-hulled vessel due to the shallow water depth.  However, Station Grays Harbor personnel organized a beach team and reached the vessel by foot.

There are no reports of crew injuries or pollution from the grounding of the vessel. 

The cause of the incident is under investigation. 


Coast Guard personnel from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River arrive at the location of the fishing vessel Adrianna approximately one-half mile south of the entrance to Grays Harbor, Wash., Sept. 6, 2013.  The fishing vessel went aground after a crewmember reportedly fell asleep while driving the boat.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Esquivel.

Coast Guard personnel from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River arrive at the location of the fishing vessel Adrianna approximately one-half mile south of the entrance to Grays Harbor, Wash., Sept. 6, 2013.

The fishing vessel went aground after a crewmember reportedly fell asleep while driving the boat.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Esquivel.

The 44-foot fishing vessel Adrianna rests aground in shallow waters approximately one-half mile south of the entrance to Grays Harbor, Wash., Sept. 6, 2013.  The vessel was carrying three crewmembers when is went aground, however, no injuries or pollution were reported from the incident.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Esquivel.

The 44-foot fishing vessel Adrianna rests aground in shallow waters approximately one-half mile south of the entrance to Grays Harbor, Wash., Sept. 6, 2013.

The vessel was carrying three crewmembers when is went aground, however, no injuries or pollution were reported from the incident.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Esquivel.

- See more at: http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/1892121/Multimedia-Release-Fishing-vessel-safely-removed-from-beach-near-Grays-Harbor-Wash-#sthash.Il2Ug0Cs.dpuf


Audio: The master of the fishing vessel Adrianna calls for help as the vessel goes aground approximately one-half mile south of the entrance to Grays Harbor, Wash., Sept. 6, 2013. Coast Guard crews responded where they helped ensure the safety of the three crewmembers aboard the fishing vessel. U.S. Coast Guard audio.

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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.

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