The Depoe Bay-based charter fishing boat G Spot that capsized last week nearly 30 miles off Gleneden/Salishan has arrived in Charleston (Coos Bay) for repairs. An NLC.com reader provided us with a short video of the G Spot being righted alongside a dock. The G Spot will float even though capsized because it’s packed full of styrofoam type material for added buoyancy. Three of the five aboard were found clinging to the overturned boat. Two others were found a short distance away and were initially rescued by two other charter boats.
G Spot owner John Whiteside told News Lincoln County that having an Emergency Locator Beacon (EPIRB) on board made it possible for rescuers to zero right in on the EXACT GPS location of the boat which accelerated the rescue of himself and his four customers. All five were air-lifted by Coast Guard helicopters to the shore where it was determined that none were seriously injured. Cold to be sure, but not seriously injured.
Whiteside said it’s the best example imaginable why every boat should have such an emergency locator beacon aboard.