Coast Guard Auxiliary saves over 1.5 million dollars in recreational vessels – Photos Available

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard Auxiliary assisted and saved over 1.5 million dollars in recreational vessels while patrolling at Wanapum Lake, Wash., during the Memorial Day weekend.

The recreational vessel Eliminator was located dead in the water after striking a submerged object on Sunday evening, and soon began taking on water at approximately 20 gallons per minute. The $500,000 jet boat was taken into side tow and three electric pumps were rigged to combat the rapid flooding.

Joe Malick, the vessel’s owner, was transported by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department to the boat launch to prepare his trailer to receive the damaged vessel. The vessel was then returned safely to the boat launch and removed from the water.

“The vessel would have capsized in minutes,” said Malick.

Several other high value vessels were assisted.

Wanapum Lake is a popular vacation area for recreational boating and camping on holiday weekends. Boaters are reminded that Wanapum Lake is fed by the Columbia River. Its waters are about 50 degrees even on hot summer days, and life jackets greatly increase your odds of survival in the event of cold water immersion.

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