Coast Guard crews rescued a 67-year-old mariner after his yacht collided with an unknown object and sank 9 miles off Leadbetter Point State Park, Washington, Friday.
The mariner reported his vessel, the 45-foot pleasure yacht Sea Crest, had struck an unknown object and was taking on water. He reported that during the collision he hit his head and may have lost consciousness, but was not sure for how long. Water was coming into the deck scuppers.
As the sole person aboard, the mariner abandoned ship into his 17-foot yacht tender with a life jacket, survival suit and flares. Shortly after he called for help on channel 16, he reportedly lost sight of the lights of the Sea Crest and heard sounds that indicated the vessel might have sunk.