Coast Guard Aircrew Saves Man After Vessel Capsizes in Willapa Bay

A Coast Guard aircrew hoisted two passengers early Friday morning, Nov. 5, from a capsized vessel in Willapa Bay.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River command center received a call from Pacific County Sheriff at midnight stating that a 41-year-old man and a 13-year-old boy were on the boat when it capsized near Ellsworth Creek Preserve.

The boy’s mother saw her son and boyfriend enter the water as the boat rolled when it approached a boat ramp. She immediately called 911 dispatch. Pacific County then relayed the call to the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard rescuers on a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter were able to recover the man with the assistance of a rescue swimmer and recovery basket at approximately 1:30 a.m.

The man showed signs of hypothermia after the water rescue and was transported to awaiting emergency medical personnel. His current condition is unknown.

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