At 1:30 p.m., the Clatsop County Marine Patrol personnel arrived on scene and safely embarked the two people and transported them to Chinook Marina.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, in Warrenton, received notification at 1:25 p.m. from Clatsop County 911 that two people were aboard a 16-foot vessel that was disabled and taking on water near McGowan Church. Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment-based boatcrews aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat and a 29-foot Response Boat Small-II, along with a Clatsop County Marine Patrol unit with a Coast Guard boarding team onboard were underway in the area and diverted to provide assistance.
“This successful case highlights the outstanding relationship the Coast Guard has with our partner agencies in the area,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Godsey, a search and rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River.” Working together, we were able to get these people in distress to safety and prevent their vessel from becoming a hazard to navigation.”
The two people were safely taken aboard the Clatsop County boat while the MLB crew took the disabled vessel in tow, began dewatering efforts and towed the vessel to Fort Canby State Park.
Weather on scene was reported to be 4-foot seas with a water temperature of 64 degrees, air temperature of 62 degrees, wind speed of 10 knots and visibility of six nautical miles.