A 26-foot Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Boat capsized Saturday with four crew members aboard near Pier 39 in Astoria.
Four Coast Guardsmen were aboard the vessel conducting routine operations when the capsizing occurred, caused by a series of heavy wakes that came over the bow, which capsized the vessel.
At 11:39 a.m., four Personal Locator Beacon alerts registered to Coast Guard in Astoria., which correlated with multiple good Samaritans’ reports of visual distress signals in the vicinity of Pier 39 in Astoria, Oregon.
At approximately 11:50 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Columbia River issued an urgent marine information broadcast (UMIB) and directed a Coast Guard Air Station Astoria MH-60 Jayhawk crew and a Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew to respond.
Hearing the broadcast, at 12:09 p.m., crew members aboard the Columbia Bar Pilot vessel Connor Foss contacted the Coast Guard reporting they had recovered the four Coast Guardsmen from the water.
Clatsop County Sheriff Marine Unit towed the capsized vessel to the 17th Street pier.
All persons involved are reported to be in healthy condition after being evaluated at Columbia Memorial Hospital.
Vessels are responsible for the damage caused by their wake. In this case a risky capsize that could have resulted in injury or death. The Coast Guard has initiated the mishap board review process.
by Tom Evans, Injury at Sea. Continue Reading