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Two boaters were rescued out of the Multnomah Channel on the Willamette River by Coast Guard and Sauvie Island Volunteer Fire Department crews after their 16-foot aluminum skiff overturned early Saturday morning. A third boater self-rescued and reported the incident.

The two women were pulled from the water by the Sauvie Island firefighters and treated for symptoms related to hypothermia by a 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Portland. The women were transported to Sauvie Island boat ramp, and care was transferred to emergency medical services.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received notification of the situation from Multnomah Dispatch at 3:16 a.m. and immediately launched the Station Portland boat crew.

A man was rescued from a 30-foot sailing vessel that was taking on water and stuck on the rocks north of Vendovi Island, Tuesday night.

The man was hoisted by helicopter and transported to Anacortes Airport, where he was safely transferred to emergency medical service personnel to be treated for signs of mild hypothermia at Island Hospital.

The initial mayday call from the mariner was at 7:04 p.m., he stated he was stuck near the island. Watchstanders lost communications, however, confirmed his position using the Coast Guard radio system Rescue 21. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Bellingham and the aircrew launched in response. They located the vessel on the rocks and the mariner on the island, but were unable to get close to the vessel or the mariner because of shallow water. The aircrew arrived 20-minutes later and performed the rescue.

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A Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles crew hoisted three mariners after vessel ran aground near Boulder Island, Wash., Saturday.

Three mariners drove their 46-foot recreational vessel onto rocks, climbed onto rocks and were they were safely hoisted and transported to Paine Field, a small international airport in Everett.

A Coast Guard boat crew aboard a 45-response boat witnessed the incident. They remained at the location during the helicopter hoist as a precautionary measure.

Both the Dolphin and the RB-M crews were searching the area because of a derelict kayak found on the south end of Lopez Island. The crews reported that the recreational vessel nearly ran into the RB-M prior to running aground and taking on water.

No injuries were reported at the time of the incident.

A Coast Guard Incident Management Team is currently on scene and monitoring the aground vessel in the event of pollution. There is no reported fuel spill at this time but there is a potential for a maximum spill of 200 gallons of gasoline.

Weather at the time of the incident was reported as 20-knot winds and 3-foot seas.

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Coast Guard crews searched for two people in the water after a skiff capsized near Salt Chuck in the northern portion of Duncan Canal, Friday.

At approximately 1:00 a.m., Sector Juneau watchstanders received a notification from the crew of a vessel that two individuals went into the water after their skiff capsized while in transit to them. The crew was able to save one of the two people, later reported in good condition.

Petersburg Search and Rescue personnel, an Alaska State Trooper boat crew, a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter crew, other surface assets and the crew of the reporting vessel conducted on-the-water and shorelines searches. Unfortunately, one individual was located deceased by the Coast Guard helicopter crew.

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Coast Guard crews hoisted an injured man from a sport fishing vessel that ran aground near Chinook Harbor, Washington, Monday morning.

Coast Guard in Astoria, Oregon, were notified at 10:40 a.m., that an individual aboard a 20-foot boat had suffered a head injury after the vessel he was in ran aground.

Coast Guard units arrived on scene at approximately 11 a.m. and deployed a rescue swimmer into the water near the grounded vessel. A crewmember from the Cape Disappointment rescue boat was also able to board the boat to render assistance.

The Coast Guard members, with the help of the other four persons on the grounded vessel, put the injured man on a litter and hoisted him into the helicopter. The aircraft transported the injured man to Air Station Astoria, where he was transferred to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at noon.

The patient’s medical condition was reported as stable.

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The Coast Guard rescued 10 people aboard a vessel in distress 25-miles southwest of Neah Bay, Thursday afternoon.

The Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Station Neah Bay rescued four minors and six adults and escorted the vessel to Neah Bay with no reported injuries.

The distress call, at 10:15 a.m., from a person aboard the 33-foot recreational vessel, “Doesn’t Matter”, who reported to be taking on water southwest of Cape Flattery. The engine failed and the installed bilge pumps were unable to handle the rate at which water was flowing into the boat.

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Coast Guard Crews medevaced a man from the 65-foot Lady Crystal 34 miles southeast of Ketchikan, Alaska, Monday. After the 74 year old man fell, he was unresponsive and was going in and out of consciousness.The man was safely transported to Ketchikan where awaiting emergency medical services personnel took him to Peace Health Ketchikan Medical Center.

Seven people were rescued from a life raft in Thorne Bay, Alaska, Friday, after their 58-foot fishing vessel Mystic Lady ran aground and sank.

A Coast Guard boat took the five adults and two children to a Thorne Bay pier in good condition.

The rescue was triggered by a 406 emergency position indicating radio beacon alert and a mayday broadcast via VHF-FM Channel 16 from the master of the Mystic Lady reporting that his vessel struck a rock and was sinking quickly. The master reported that seven people were abandoning ship into a life raft.

Three adults and three children were rescued as their 27-foot cabin cruiser was taking on water near Long Island in Sitka Sound, Tuesday evening.

A Sitka Fire Rescue crew, and four good Samaritan crews participated in the rescue. A Coast Guard helicopter delivered deterring pumps.

The children were placed into a life raft with life jackets and were quickly picked up by the crew of the Poseidon, a good Samaritan vessel, and transported to Sitka.

Three people were rescued from the 33-foot recreational cabin cruiser Study Beauty in Sawmill Bay, in the Valdez Arm, Alaska, Thursday, after the captain alerted Coast Guard that the passengers were nauseated and going in and out of consciousness and the captain himself was beginning to experience the same symptoms.

The 10-year-old boy, 63-year-old woman, and 72-year-old man along with two nurses who were assisting the three, were transported to Valdez where emergency medical personnel were waiting transfer to further medical care.

The good Samaritan vessel Salish Aire and crew were in the vicinity of the Study Beauty and rendered assistance. Two nurses from the Salish Aire boarded the Study Beauty and provided medical assistance by giving them oxygen.

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