A 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Station Cape Disappointment pulled the two men from their sinking boat minutes before it capsized using an emergency heaving line and took them to Skipanon Marina in Warrenton with no reported injuries. Their 14-foot boat was aground and taking on water near Desdemona Sands at the mouth of the Columbia River Tuesday.
Watchstanders at Sector Columbia River received a 911 relay call at 1:12 p.m. from a concerned mariner saying a small Smoker Craft with two people on board needed assistance.
The boat crew launched in response but had to maintain a 20-30 foot distance to avoid shoal water. The crew was able to rescue the men, who were wearing life jackets, by using the heaving line to pull the men through the water and onto the Response Boat-Small.