Coast Guard tows disabled sailing vessel

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard is towing a disabled sailing vessel to Charleston Marina in Charleston, Ore., Wednesday.

Coast Guard Group North Bend, Ore., received a transmission via Channel 16 from the sailing vessel Kay II, with two men on board, requesting assistance after the vessels sails had blown out approximately 30-miles southwest of Bandon, Ore. The Kay II lost battery power preventing the master from starting the engine. Aboard the Kay II are Bob Fininlay and Mike Godsil.

Coast Guard Station Coos Bay, Ore., launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew to conduct the tow.

The Coast Guard diverted an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend to monitor the Kay II during the 47-foot motor lifeboat crew’s three and a half hour transit to the scene.

The helicopter crew observed the Kay II take a wave, which caused a radio shortage between the Kay II and the helicopter. The 47-foot motor lifeboat crew arrived on scene at approximately 12:30 p.m. and is towing the Kay II to Charleston Marina.

There were no injuries reported.

On-scene weather conditions were reported as 25-30 knot winds with 10-foot seas and one to two mile visibility.

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