SEATTLE — The Coast Guard assisted a distressed 15-foot skiff after it became disabled and washed up against the rocks at the West Jetty of Hammond Marina in Hammond, Ore., Tuesday.
The Coast Guard received the report at 9:50 a.m., and diverted an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, based at Air Station Astoria, Ore., and launched a 25-foot response boat crew from station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Wash. A 26-foot aids to navigation vessel from the Coast Guard aids to navigation unit in Astoria also responded.
The helicopter crew arrived on scene to discover the two skiff crewmembers working to prevent the boat from crashing against the rocks as a result of the incoming surf. The 26-foot ATON vessel crew responded by taking the skiff in tow and removing it from the jetty. The skiff was then transferred over the response boat crew and towed to the Hammond Marina.
The two skiff crewmembers were able to navigate the jetty on foot and safely make it to shore.