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Coast Guard aircrew rescues boater off of aground vessel in Willapa Bay, Wash.

Coast Guard Columbia River MH-60 Jayhawk
An aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River lowers a rescue basket during routine training on the Columbia River. A rescue basket is one of most used pieces of equipment by aircrew members.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron Wills (archive).

ASTORIA, Ore. — A Coast Guard aircrew hoisted a man off a boat in Willapa Bay north of Leadbetter Point State Park in Washington Saturday afternoon after his vessel ran aground and began taking on water.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River hoisted the man to safety and transported him to the sector base in Warrenton where he was evaluated and released without injury.

At 4:15 p.m., watchstanders at Sector Columbia River received a mayday call over VHF-FM channel 16 from the man reporting that his 30-foot vessel was aground and taking on water.

The Coast Guard aircrew launched and arrived on scene at 5:19 p.m. and conducted the hoist.

The Coast Guard reminds mariners to have recent updated charts and properly functioning navigation equipment to ensure they are aware of known shallow areas, as well as being aware of tide conditions.​


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