Coast Guard assists two fishermen, boat sinks on Columbia River

├é┬áPORTLAND, Ore. – The Coast Guard assisted two fisherman when their 21-foot fishing boat capsized on the Columbia River Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Portland received a call from the boat operator at 5:47 a.m. advising that the two people onboard had been thrown from their vessel when attempting to cross a cargo ship’s wake. Both men were wearing life jackets and the two men were picked up out of the water by a nearby Good Samaritan.

A 25-foot response boat crew from Station Portland was immediately launched to assist. Using GPS coordinates provided by the vessel owner, the crew was able to quickly locate the men. The rescue crew arrived on scene at 6:19 a.m. and provided initial medical attention. Both men were transferred to awaiting Emergency Medical Service personnel and transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital for evaluation. Both were conscious and responsive.

The capsized boat washed up on shore near Willow Bar on Sauvie Island. The vessel has 50 gallons of gasoline onboard. No pollution in the water was observed. A commercial salvage company was contracted by the vessel owner to remove it from the shore. A pollution response team from Sector Portland also responded to monitor the salvage efforts.

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