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Coast Guard rescue five people 20 nm of Umpqua River

Coast Guard rescue five people 20 nm of Umpqua River
Archive image: An aviation survival technician, more commonly known as rescue swimmer, is hoisted into a Coast Guard Sector North Bend MH-65 Dolphin helicopter during a training evolution near Newport, Oregon, April 30, 2019.
The Aircrews train on a daily basis in order to be ready for search and rescue cases.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Wyatt Keller.

ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescue five people from a life raft late Monday after a fishing boat sank approximately 20 nautical miles offshore from the mouth of the Umpqua River.

The captain aboard the 67-foot fishing vessel Desire, homeported in Neah Bay, Washington, used a VHF-FM marine-band radio to hail Coast Guard Sector North Bend watchstanders at about 9 p.m. Monday and report their vessel was taking on water. He also reported the five people aboard were preparing to abandon ship into a life raft.​

Additionally, Desire’s registered emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) was activated by contact with water and the vessel’s location and owner information was transmitted to Coast Guard watchstanders at the 13th District Command Center in Seattle.

Two MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter aircrews, from Coast Guard air facility in Newport and Coast Guard air station in North Bend, and other two 47-foot Motor Lifeboat rescue boatcrews, from Coast Guard Stations Siuslaw River and Umpqua River, was deployed to help the people in distress.

Once on scene at about 9:30 p.m., the helicopter crews located the survivors in the life raft and deployed rescue swimmers to facilitate hoisting the survivors.

The MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew from Newport rescued three survivors, and the helicopter crew from North Bend rescued two survivors. The station’s boatcrews remained on scene to assist as needed.

«The fishing boat’s crew all had survival suits, properly deployed their survival raft, and shot two flares to assist us in locating them,” said Lt. Conor Regan, a helicopter pilot from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend. “Their overall preparation serves as an example for other mariners, as it was fundamental to the positive outcome of their potentially life-threatening situation.”

Additionally, Regan added that the EPIRB’s transmission of information allowed watchstanders to corroborate details of the choppy radio distress hail and expedite rescue coordination.

Following the successful hoists of all five people from the life raft, the survivors were taken to Air Station North Bend where their care was transferred to awaiting emergency medical services personnel.

There are no serious injuries reported.


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