Coast Guard personnel rescued two men from a 40-foot sailing vessel before it took on water and then sank off the Oregon coast near Tillamook Head, Thursday.
A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew, from Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay in Garibaldi, transferred both mariners, one who reportedly was suffering from hypothermia, an injured shoulder and possibly broken ribs, to emergency medical personnel waiting at the station.
The crew of the sailing vessel El Corazon reported a loss of propulsion about 15 miles off Cannon Beach and were making their way on one engine to Coos Bay. The captain was reportedly extremely tired and sea sick and the first mate did not feel experienced enough to operate the vessel.
While en route to the Tillamook Bar with a Coast Guardsman aboard, waves were breaking over the bow of the sailing vessel. By 4:48 a.m. the bilges were full of water. Coast Guard personnel deemed the vessel no longer safe and decided to abandon the ship. The station boat crew cut the tow line and safely recovered all three people from the sailing vessel.
The partially sunken vessel was last seen a mile off Cannon Beach and headed toward shore.
Weather on scene was 11 to 17-MPH winds, with 23-MPH gusts and low visibility.