Coast Guard rescues boater after sailing vessel capsizes on the Columbia River

US Coast Guard 29-Foot Response Boat-Small file photo

USCG File Photo

DEER ISLAND, Ore. — A Coast Guard boat crew rescued one mariner from the water on the Columbia River near Deer Island, Monday evening.

Coast Guard Station Portland crewmembers aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small arrived on scene, pulled the man aboard their vessel and transported him to Kalama, Washington, where emergency medical services were waiting to take him to a local hospital.

At 4 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a request for assistance from the tug Lori B. who initially reported the incident and kept a line of communication with the watchstanders until the Coast Guard rescue boat arrived.

The boater was reportedly hypothermic after his 10 to 12-foot vessel capsized but was successfully retrieved from the water after the station crew tossed him a life ring.

Also on scene was a Coast Guard Air Station Astoria crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and personnel from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

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