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.
A 47-Foot Motor Life Boat crew, from Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor in Westport, Washington, also responded, arrived on scene at 12:04 a.m., located the yacht tender and towed it back to their station.
Coast Guard helicopter crews located the sight of the sunken vessel and detected two sheens on the water. They marked the location with a self-locating datum marker buoy and issued a safety marine information broadcast to alert mariners of the potential navigation hazard.