Coast Guard rescues man from disabled vessel at Columbia River entrance

ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescued a 71-year-old man after his vessel became stranded near the south jetty at the entrance to the Columbia River, Friday.

Coast Guard  Sector Columbia River, located in Warrenton, Ore., received a report of a distress flare in the vicinity of the south jetty in Hammond, Ore., and an EPIRB hit near the same location at approximately 1:25 p.m.

Sector Columbia River launched an  MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria and two 47-foot motor lifeboat crews from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment, Wash.

Coast Guard crews arrived on scene at approximately 1:45 p.m., and found the man stranded aboard the distressed 47-foot trolling vessel up against the rocks on the river side of the south jetty. The vessel was damaged and taking on water.

The helicopter crew lowered a rescue swimmer into the water near the distressed vessel who then assisted the man in entering the water and swimming to safety aboard the 47-foot motor lifeboat.

The 47-foot motor lifeboat crew transported the man to Station Cape Disappointment where he was placed in the care of local EMS.

The Coast Guard Sector Columbia River Incident Management Division and Station Cape Disappointment worked with a commercial salvage company to recover the vessel and prevent it from becoming a hazard to navigation and the environment.

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