A number of folks aboard the sailboat Sweet Cheeks off Newport called the Coast Guard for help and that’s exactly what they got! Mail Carriers and the Coast Guard always deliver!! CG Photo
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The sailboat “Sweet Cheeks” with a number people aboard ran into strong winds and very rough seas Wednesday afternoon off Newport. The wind was blowing too hard to even put up a small sail so they called the Coast Guard Yaquina Bay to help get them into port.
Upon the Coast Guard’s arrival on scene, the waves were big and confused making a transfer of the passengers to the patrol boat too dangerous. So guardsmen told the passengers to get into their lifejackets and one-by-one jump into the water holding on to a line between the two craft. All of them were safely hauled aboard the Coast Guard motorlifeboat. A second Coast Guard motorlifeboat crew affixed a tow line to the sailboat and was pulled safely through the rough seas and through the Newport Jaws to safe harbor in Yaquina Bay.
The captain of the “Sweet Cheeks” said bad weather caught up with them and because the wind was so strong they couldn’t put up any sails. He said they cranked up their small boat engine to get them to shore. But the waves were so large and chaotic, they were only making about one mile an hour which meant they would run out of gas long before they made it to a port.
Put another SAVED marker on the wall for our cool and competent U.S. Coast Guardsmen.