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Disoriented Crabber saved

One lone person was rescued from a disabled and adrift 27-foot crabber in the shoals of Bellingham Bay at 3:05 p.m. The mariner was unable to give his position but was located and tracked using his cell phone signal. A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat responded and safely removed the mariner from his vessel at 4:13 p.m. The mariner was reported to be in good condition and did not seek medical attention.

“The Coast Guard encourages mariners to carry a VHF-FM radio aboard their vessels,” said Don Knesebeck, a command duty officer at Coast Guard 13th District. “Tracking down a cell phone is an involved process. Calling 911 with a cell phone should not be ruled out in case of an emergency but using a radio for distress calls is the best possible way to get the help you need, faster.”

The weather was not good for a small boat with 4-6 foot waves and 25-knot winds.

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