Coast Guard provides more details on Friday rescue

Good News Notes:

” A sailor barely avoided becoming another grim statistic in the annals of the Graveyard of the Pacific on Jan. 3 after his sailboat’s engine conked out and his mast blocked him out of the vessel’s cabin in the midst of a gale and violent seas about a mile off Cape Disappointment.

The 36-foot vessel’s sole occupant contacted Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment by cell phone at about 2:45 p.m. after the boat lost power and the mast had fallen, causing the vessel to become adrift near the Columbia River bar — a zone that has claimed hundreds of watercraft over the centuries.

There could hardly have been a worse time to be in the ocean off the Pacific County coast. Gusts reached 60 mph at the time and there was a combined swell of up to 20 feet.”

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