A husband and wife were caught on the Alsea River late Saturday afternoon with the tide going out. Their boat ran aground on a sand bar, way out from shore.
The boat became high centered leaving the couple with little else to do but wait for the next high tide to re-float them. But in the meantime, Central Coast Fire and Rescue rounded up blankets and a Seal Rockfire and Rescue jet ski-delivered them so the couple could at least stay warm while waiting for the Moon and Sun to do their thing with the tides.
Their next high tide was at 1:08am Sunday, about the time this story was written. Let’s hope they make it home and get at least SOME sleep and next time remember to stay more toward the main channel of the river and not wander too far from it.
This is the second boat in the past 24 hours that has run into problems getting along with tide fluctuations on the Alsea – one in the main channel at the jaws in Waldport and now upstream on a sandbar.