Busy Fourth of July for Station Tillamook Bay, Oregon

ASTORIA, Ore. – Crews of Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay, Ore., had a busy Fourth of July weekend when they ran a total of 13 search and rescue cases, assisted approximately 36 mariners, saved $424,740 in property and logged just over 24 hours of underway time in a 72-hour period.

The search and rescue cases included three vessels lost in the fog (two of which went aground),  seven vessels towed, one vessel capsizing with four persons in the water and one medical evacuation.

A 23-foot utility boat crew and a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew responded to four persons in the water after their boat capsized in Tillamook Bay Saturday around 4 p.m.

It was reported that four young men were all on one side of their 16-foot vessel, attempting to pull up a crab pot, when their vessel became flooded with water and flipped. None of the men were wearing lifejackets.

A Good Samaritan was in the area and helped the four men out of the water. They were transferred to the 23-foot utility boat and brought back to Station Tillamook Bay.

The 47-foot motor lifeboat crew was able to re-right the vessel and tow it back to the marina.

Station Tillamook Bay, the southernmost station in Group Astoria, is located in Garibaldi, Ore. The station has five search and rescue vessels, including two 47-foot motor lifeboats, two 23-foot utility boats and an 18-foot flood response skiff. The 47-foot motor lifeboats have all been designed for operations in heavy surf conditions and are capable re-righting themselves with minimal damage.

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