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Two saved, boat driven ashore

Two crewmen were rescued from a 49-foot sailboat endangered by weather about one mile east of the New Dungeness Lighthouse, Tuesday afternoon in 8-to-10 foot seas, 35-knot winds and a water temperature of 48 degrees.

A 40-year-old man and 26-year-old woman, both wearing life jackets and reportedly exhibiting signs of seasickness and hypothermia, were transferred to EMS at John Wayne Marina in Port Angeles at about 12:50 p.m.

A man on shore who saw the sailboat and what appeared to be a person in the water notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, in Seattle, at around 10 a.m. An aircrew, aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Port Angeles, and the boatcrew, aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, immediately launched and arrived at the sailboat’s location at around 11 a.m. The boatcrew placed the vessel in astern tow, but sea conditions caused the towline to separate from the vessel.

The vessel reportedly drifted to shore about one mile from the New Dungeness Lighthouse. There are no reports of pollution.