Four Men Rescued from Wrecked Vessel, One Dies at Hospital

SEATTLE – Four men were rescued from the 58-foot fishing vessel, Starrigavin, after it wrecked on the south jetty of Tillamook Bay near Garibaldi, Ore., Thursday.

One of the crewmembers who was seriously injured later died at Tillamook County General Hospital.

The Thirteenth District Coast Guard Command Center was alerted to the incident at 9:25 p.m. when the vessel’s Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon activated. A concerned citizen who spotted the distressed vessel called moments later and confirmed the vessel’s location.

Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay dispatched a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew and Air Station Astoria launched an HH-60 helicopter crew to respond to the emergency. Upon reaching the scene of the incident, the helicopter lowered a radio to a crewmember who reported one member of the crew was injured. The helicopter proceeded to lift the injured member and delivered him to waiting emergency medical service workers. He was taken to Tillamook County General Hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Station Tillamook Bay is located on the north side of Tillamook Bay in the town of Garibaldi, Ore. Tillamook Bay is home to a moderate size fishing fleet and has a tricky entrance bar that breaks frequently.

The station has five search and rescue boats, including: two 47-foot motor lifeboats , a 25-foot response boat, a 23-foot utility boat and an 18-foot flood response skiff. The 47-foot motor lifeboats have been designed for operations in heavy surf conditions and are capable of being rolled over by breaking swells and re-right themselves with minimal damage.

Air Station Astoria is co-located at the Astoria Regional Airport in Warrenton, Ore. The missions of the Air Station include Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Aids to Navigation Support, and Environmental Protection.

The HH-60 “Jayhawk” is a twin-engine, medium-range recovery helicopter capable of reaching a top speed of 180 knots. In addition to its use in search and rescue operations, this highly versatile aircraft is used to perform law enforcement, military readiness, and marine environmental protection missions.

Source: USCG D13 Public Affairs

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