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41ft Vessel Aground, 2 crew safe

41-foot sailing vessel Ronan ran aground at the entrance to Willapa Bay near Tokeland, Wednesday.

The vessel reportedly experienced electrical issues and lost GPS and radar while sailing up the coast from Coos Bay, Ore.

Sector Columbia River watchstanders received a distress call around 6:07 a.m. from the owner of the sailing vessel Ronan after it had gone aground near the Willapa Bay entrance.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria, Ore., and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Grays Harbor launched in response.

The aircrew was unable to hoist due to the position and unpredictable motions of the vessel. A rescue swimmer was lowered onto the nearby beach, and safely escorted the two mariners from the vessel to the shore.

The weather on scene was reported as an air temperature of 47 degrees and water temperature of 57 degrees, with 10 mph winds.

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