Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend, Oregon, responded to a request for assistance from a 67-year-old man on a 38-foot sailing vessel off the Oregon coast in reported 22-foot seas with wind gusts of up to 57 mph Monday.
Crews of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Facility Newport, Oregon, a 52-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay, and the Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot Seagoing-Buoy Tender homeported in Astoria, Oregon, launched to assist the sailor through heavy weather.
The aircrew located the man 17 miles off the coast of Cape Perpetua, Oregon. When the helicopter crew arrived on scene, the man jumped overboard and was hoisted to safety by a rescue swimmer at approximately 10:50 a.m. The other crews stood down while the aircrew transported the man back to the air facility, where he was evaluated by emergency medical services and reported to be in good condition.
The sailing vessel remains adrift, unmanned and unlit, so the Coast Guard cautions mariners who might be transiting the area to proceed carefully.
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.