Fishing vessel crew saves 2 near Grays Harbor

The crew of a fishing vessel rescued two men from the water near buoy 24 in Grays Harbor, Washington, Sunday.

The men, one 72-year-old and one 53-year-old, both Tacoma residents, were safely transferred to a Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small, and taken to the station where they were met by EMS personnel and treated for signs of hypothermia.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River watchstanders received a call from the fishermen at 11:49 a.m. reporting that they had rescued two men from the water near the Grays Harbor South Jetty.

The two men were aboard their 16-foot boat when a wave reportedly capsized them and they were thrown into the water. They were estimated to have been floating at sea for four to five hours while an incoming tide helped carry them into Grays Harbor where they were eventually rescued.

“The help and watchful lookout by the fishermen saved two men today,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Zariczny, an operations specialist and search and rescue coordinator at Sector Columbia River. “The life jackets the two boaters were wearing were vital in their rescue. However, without the help of the fishing vessel crew, we may never have known they were out there and in trouble.”

The Coast Guard encourages all boaters to have essential safety equipment on board their vessel, including life jackets, flares, and most importantly a way to call for help in an emergency. Having a VHF marine radio to call for help, or to be carrying an emergency position indicating radio beacon, is essential for letting someone know you need help.

Both men were treated and released by EMS personnel.

The exact position of the sunken vessel is unknown. Mariners are encouraged to keep a safe lookout for any hazards as they transit in and out of Grays Harbor. There are no reports of pollution from the sunken vessel.

U.S. Coast Guard recovers boat of missing Canadian near Ocean Shores

The Coast Guard says a sailboat that was reported missing July 11 off of British Columbia was found capsized Thursday about five miles northwest of Ocean Shores.

There was no sign of 69-year-old Paul Clark, who sailed alone out of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, earlier in July on his way to Port Hardy, British Columbia.

A helicopter and Coast Guard vessels from Washington and Oregon searched for the Canadian for three hours without success.

The Coast Guard says a fishing vessel found his 16-foot sailboat. It’s being transferred to Canadian officials.

Clark was last seen in the vicinity of Aristazabal Island, about half-way through his planned trip. He was reported missing after he failed to check in with his family.

 

A U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Grays Harbor in Westport, Washington, recovered an unmanned boat about five miles northwest of Ocean Shores, Washington, Thursday.

The 16-foot non-motorized boat is believed to be that of Paul Clark, a 69-year-old Canadian citizen who left Prince Rupert, British Columbia, earlier this month on a solo sailing trip to Port Hardy, British Columbia. 

Clark was reported missing July 11 after he failed to check in with a family member. He was last seen in the vicinity of Aristazabal Island, British Columbia, about halfway to his intended destination.

The fishing vessel Tally Ho came across the capsized vessel and reported it to watchstanders at Station Grays Harbor around 7:30 a.m. Station crewmembers launched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat in response. 

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River watchstanders in Warrenton, Oregon, launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Oregon, and diverted the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Blue Shark, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Everett, Washington, to assist. A Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife crew also responded.

The crews of the MLB and Blue Shark arrived on scene around 8:30 a.m. They overturned the vessel and found all oars and sails secured. Crewmembers found the identification of Paul Clark in the vessel.

Coast Guard boat and air crews searched the area for approximately three hours and found no signs of distress. The search was subsequently suspended pending any further information.

Coast Guard officials notified Joint Rescue Coordination Center Victoria, British Columbia, and are coordinating the transfer of the vessel to Canadian officials.

Missing 18-year old presumed drowned off of Ocean Shores

An 18-year old California man is missing and presumed drowned in the Ocean Shores surf over the weekend.

Sgt. David McManus with the Ocean Shores Police Department tells us at about 8 Saturday night, eight young people from a California youth group were playing in the surf near the beach approach at West Chance ala Mer.
The survivors described getting caught in a rip current and being pulled out through the surf and into deep water. Five of the subjects were able to get to shore with little trouble, while two others barely made it back to shore and were treated by paramedics on scene for exhaustion and possible ingestion of sea water.

After verifying that the family has been notified of the event, OSPD has identified the man as Renelle Paul Alimoren of Pomona, California. He reportedly helped two of his friends to shore before being swept out again by the rip current. He was last spotted in the surf at about 8:30pm Saturday night, about half a mile south of where he first entered the water.

The Ocean Shores Police and Fire Departments responded and attempted to locate Alimoren from the beach. The United States Coast Guard responded with a boat from Station Grays Harbor and a helicopter from Astoria. They searched the area for several hours, but were unable to locate him.

Coast Guard assists boaters who ran aground near Grays Harbor in Westport

The Coast Guard assisted boaters aboard a 26-foot recreational vessel that ran aground near Grays Harbor in Westport, Wash., Sunday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor received a distress call from a good Samaritan on VHF-FM Channel 16, who reported a boat with four people aboard had run aground on the south jetty near Grays Harbor, at approximately 11:20 a.m.

The four people aboard the grounded vessel were reported wearing their lifejackets and with no visible injuries.

Crewmembers from Station Grays Harbor launched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat and a ground crew to the scene, while an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria in Warrenton, Ore., deployed an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

Three of the four boaters were able to walk the jetty to shore.

The fourth boater was hoisted aboard the Jayhawk and taken to Station Grays Harbor where local emergency medical support was waiting.

The crewmembers of the MLB were able to pull the vessel off the jetty and tow it to Station Grays Harbor.

There was no report of pollution.

Aircrew members from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria hoist a boater aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter after the 26-foot recreational vessel he was on ran aground along the south jetty of Grays Harbor in kbkw.com/tag/westport” title=”View related articles”>Westport, Wash., March 23, 2014. The boater was taken to Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor where local emergency medical support was waiting. (U.S. Coast Guard video.)

Coast Guard medevacs injured crewmember 30 miles west of Grays Harbor

SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard medically evacuated an injured crewmember from a fishing vessel 30 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash., Wednesday.

Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor in Westport, Wash., received a medevac request on VHF-FM Channel 16 at approximately 7:13 p.m for a crewmember who had reportedly suffered a head injury aboard the Shirley R.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Station Grays Harbor and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria were launched to assist.

The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene and began hoisting the man at approximately 8:30 p.m.

The crewmember was taken to the Bowerman Airport in Hoquiam, Wash., where he was transferred to awaiting EMS.

The man was taken by ambulance to Grays Harbor Community Hospital in stable condition.

Coast Guard, Grays Harbor emergency response crews rescue injured surfer from jetty

WESTPORT, Wash. – A Coast Guard Air Station Astoria helicopter crew rescued an injured surfer from the Grays Harbor, Wash., south jetty Saturday.

The Coast Guard Sector Columbia River Command Center watchstanders received a request at 1:40 p.m. from Grays Harbor Police Department to assist in the safe evacuation of an injured surfer from the south jetty.

The surfer reportedly suffered multiple fractures and other injuries while surfing near the jetty.  A fellow surfer ran to shore to call for help, while other surfers assisted the injured man onto the jetty.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was launched from Air Station Astoria to assist in the rescue effort.  The helicopter crew was able to coordinate with personnel on the ground to safely hoist the injured surfer and transfer him to emergency medical crews at Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor.

“The coordination between the helicopter crew and the rescue crews on the jetty was instrumental in the safe rescue of the surfer,” said Lt. Rob McCabe, the Jayhawk pilot. “Our thoughts are with the injured and his family, this was a tragic situation, and we hope he pulls through OK.”

The injured surfer was taken by local EMS to Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash. for further medical care.

Coast Guard responds to fire aboard fish processor in Westport

WESTPORT, Wash. – A 131-foot fish processing vessel erupted into flames early Saturday morning. The Coast Guard reports the master of The Juno was aboard at the time, and was not hurt.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and no injuries were reported. The Westport Fire department said the fire was reported at 1:30 Saturday morning, they contacted watch-standers at Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor in Westport for assistance fighting the fire. Two 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews were launched to respond.

The fire was reported out at 4:05 a.m. There is thought to be approximately 5,000 gallons of firefighting water aboard, with 4 1/2 to 5 feet on deck, causing the vessel to list.

Members of the incident management division from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., were dispatched to the scene to monitor the removal of the firefighting water and mitigate any potential environmental hazards caused by the vessel.

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.

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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.

Coast Guard assists disabled fishing vessel off of Grays Harbor coast

COPALIS BEACH, Wash – Crewmembers aboard two 47-foot Motor Life Boats from Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor, in Westport, Wash., and the Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot Seagoing Buoytender homeported in Astoria, Ore., assisted the disabled fishing vessel Lady Law, a 75-foot commercial fishing vessel, in the Pacific Ocean near Copalis Beach, Wash., Wednesday.

There were no reports of injuries or pollution.

“Having two MLBs conduct a tow of a vessel over the limitations of a single MLB was a great experience,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Ivan Bell, coxswain of MLB 47216. “Never have I had the opportunity to conduct such a task. The training and experience of the MLB crews met and exceeded my expectations.”

Crewmembers aboard the vessel contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, in Warrenton, Ore., notifying them that the vessel had a jammed rudder and was disabled and adrift in the Pacific Ocean about 10 miles from Copalis Beach, Wash.

“I have never worked in tandem with another MLB during a tow before,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Trey Biffle, coxswain of MLB 47239. “The constant communication between the two boats was paramount in successfully mooring a vessel well outside one 47’s capabilities.”

The crew of the Fir, already underway, initially towed the vessel to Grays Harbor and transferred the tow to the Westport-based MLB crews. The vessel was safely towed to Westhaven Marina at 3:15 p.m.

“The successful tow of the F/V Lady Law was due to the outstanding team effort demonstrated by Sector Columbia River, CGC Fir, and Station Grays Harbor,” said Chief Warrant Officer Gary L. Clark, commanding officer of Station Grays Harbor. “All were instrumental in completing this mission. This case would have proven to be very difficult for the Station to complete on its own. I am extremely proud of the superior seamanship and boat handling skills demonstrated by my crew and equally impressed by the collaborative efforts of all involved.”

Coast Guard Suspends Search For Missing Westport Boy

WESTPORT, Wash. – The Coast Guard suspended its search for a 14-year-old male in the water off Cohassett Beach approximately one mile south of Westport, Wash, Tuesday.
The Coast Guard received a report stating the boy had been swimming with a 12-year-old male on the beach at approximately 5 p.m., when an ocean-side undertow pulled them offshore. The 12-year-old was able to swim back to shore and maintain visual contact of the 14-year-old for several minutes before losing sight of him.
The Coast Guard launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, from Air Station Astoria, Ore., and a 47-foot motor lifeboat and 25-foot response boat crews from Station Grays Harbor located in Westport to assist in the search. The Coast Guard and the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Department also conducted beach patrols in the area that the boy went missing. The joint agency search was suspended at 10:30 p.m.
The 12-year-old boy was assisted by local EMS on shore and reported to be in stable condition.