Around 10:30 p.m. on September 18, the Coast Guard received a call that the captain of the 40 foot S/V BETH had incurred back, rib, and arm injuries caused by the boom. This happened about thirteen miles west of Port Angeles, Washington.
The Coast Guard deployed a helicopter and a response boat, which arrived at around 11:30. The USCG safely transferred the injured man to the response boat, which transported him to EMS support at Port Angeles and then treated at nearby Olympic Medical Center. In the meantime, BETH was towed into Port Angeles by the Coast Guard.
According to USCG registration documents, BETH is home-ported in Bellingham, WA. An investigation is underway.