A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew, from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Washington, assisted the Canadian coast guard with the search and rescue of two people on board a disabled 32-foot sailing vessel near the San Juan Islands around midnight Sunday.
The aircrew was first on scene and remained nearby while two Canadian coast guard boat crews towed the vessel through reported winds of up to 52 mph and 15-foot swells. Crews safely moored the sailing vessel at Friday Harbor, Washington, at 12:31 a.m.
Severe weather conditions are forecasted for this week, and the Coast Guard stresses the importance of mariners being aware of the weather conditions and the limitations of their vessels. River entrance closures and restrictions have been implemented throughout region to protect recreational and un-inspected passenger vessels from unsafe conditions. Updated bar observations can be found online through the National Weather Service.