COAST GUARD, GOOD SAMARITANS, RESCUE 5 PEOPLE FROM CAPSIZED VESSEL NEARLY 30 MILES WEST SILETZ BAY
A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria, a Coast Guard Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station North Bend and two local charter boat crews rescued five people from an overturned charter boat 27-miles west of Siletz Bay Saturday afternoon.
Coast Guard North Bend received a distress call from the master of the 31-foot vessel G-Spot reporting the vessel was taking on water, forcing the five people aboard the to abandon ship.
The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene and hoisted three people from the water. Good Samaritans aboard two nearby vessels, charter boat “The Affair” out of Depoe Bay and the “Miss Raven” out of Newport, retrieved the remaining two victims from the water. The victims were then hoisted up to the Jayhawk and Dolphin helicopters for transport to local hospitals to be checked out.
All five survivors are reported to be in good condition.
“This case illustrates the importance of having a vessel properly outfitted with emergency equipment,” said Mark Hiigel, sector response department head, Coast Guard Sector North Bend. “Because the people aboard this vessel made a mayday radio call and activated their emergency position indicating radio beacon before abandoning ship, our helicopter crews were able to locate them immediately and rescue them.”
Weather on scene at the time of the incident was reported as 20 mph winds with 8-foot seas.
The cause of the sinking is under investigation. No pollution has been reported at this time. The vessel is reported to be unlit, unmanned and a hazard to navigation drifting south. All mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout to prevent collisions.
From the photo above the G Spot is white above the waterline with a black hull below the waterline. There are fishing lines said to be entangled about the boat.
A notice to mariners has been issued by the Coast Guard to be on the lookout for the overturned boat. The G Spot is what is termed a “positive floatation” craft with lots of styrofoam in its walls and doors which means the boat won’t sink anytime soon. So the northerly winds may blow the overturned boat to the south but it’s possible it may wash up on a beach somewhere in the Newport area in the next few days.
MONDAY MORNING UPDATE: NewsLincolnCounty.com has learned that the Fishing Vessel Big Wave is towing the G Spot to Coos Bay. The G Spot did not sink due to generous amounts of styrofoam-like material packed into its hatches and bulkheads.