Coast Guard Air Facility Newport rescues fisherman after vessel sinks near Newport, Ore.

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard rescued one fisherman after his vessel sank about 15 miles west of Newport, Oregon, Sunday morning.

The master of the 28-foot fishing vessel Rip Rider contacted , Oregon, at 8:20 a.m., via VHF-FM radio reporting that he was taking on water and had donned survival equipment, and at 8:33 a.m., the man’s 406 mhz emergency position indicating radio beacon activated, broadcasting his exact location.

Rescue crews launched from Coast Guard Air Facility Newport aboard an MH-65D Dolphin helicopter and from Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay, Oregon, aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat. The crew of the fishing vessel First Hope 1 was also in the vicinity and ready to provide assistance. The Coast Guard aircrew arrived on scene to find the man in the water, wearing a survival suit.

The aircrew deployed a rescue swimmer who was able to safely hoist the man into the helicopter. He was transported in good condition to Air Facility Newport to waiting emergency medical services.

EPIRBs are designed to transmit a distress signal through a satellite system called Cospas-Sarsat, anywhere in the world.

The vessel has been determined to be unsalvageable, and there have been no reports of pollution. The vessel was reportedly carrying about 65 gallons of diesel aboard.

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