Coast Guard rescues man near Vashon Island, Wash.

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SEATTLE – A Coast Guard Station Seattle crew rescued a man from the water after his boat capsized near Vashon Island Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders received notification at 10:39 a.m. of a possible person in the water after a 14-foot sailing skiff capsized near Vashon Island. The watchstanders diverted an underway Station Seattle crew on 45-foot Response Boat – Medium.

The RB-M crew arrived on scene at 11:09 a.m. and safely rescued the man from the water.

The RB-M crew delivered the man to Fauntleroy Terminal where he was meet by EMS personnel. There were no reports of injuries.

“The man was reportedly wearing a wet suit and a lifejacket,” said Lt. j.g. Justin Brooks, Sector Puget Sound watchstander. “Because the owner was prepared and wearing proper safety gear, he had taken the proper steps to ensure his safety in the case of an emergency. His preparedness may have been the difference between a successful rescue and an unsuccessful rescue. We encourage all boaters to prepare for the elements and to always wear a life jacket.”

A King County Sheriff Marine Unit crew successfully towed the capsized skiff to the Vashon Island Ferry Terminal, where the owner plans to recover the vessel.

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