Coast Guard rescues 3 from Vancouver side of Columbia River

A boat sits tied to a piling on the Vancouver side of the Columbia River after a Coast Guard Station Portland boat crew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat - Small II, rescued three people off the boat, March 31, 2018. The boaters were transported to shore and emergency medical technicians checked the boaters out and reported no injuries or medical concerns. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Portland.

A boat sits tied to a piling on the Vancouver side of the Columbia River after a Coast Guard Station Portland boat crew, rescued three people off the boat, March 31, 2018.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescued three boaters, Saturday evening, after their boat started taking on water near the United Grain Facility near the Port of Vancouver, Washington.

A Coast Guard Station Portland boat crew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small II pulled the three boaters, one male and two females all in their 40s, from the 19-foot boat and transported them to the Red Lion Hotel pier in Vancouver where the boaters were checked out by emergency medical services.

The Coast Guard boat crew was on a routine patrol when they came across the distressed boaters at 5:45 p.m. After pulling all three people to safety, the male boater jumped off the Coast Guard boat in an effort to rescue his boat, but the boat crew again rescued the man. At 6:24 p.m. all three boaters were safe on land. EMS reported no injuries or medical concerns.

The Coast Guard boat crew returned to check on the boat and found a Clark County Fire boat crew on scene trying to save the boat. The boat did sink, but it is secured to some pilings and salvage plans will be made.

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