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Coast Guard rescues two fishermen after their boat sinks off Columbia River Bar

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ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescued two men from a jetty after their vessel capsized and broke up on the Columbia River bar.

The crew of the fishing vesel Elsie from Hammond contacted the Coast Guard in Warrenton late Friday evening to report their vessel had broken up on the south jetty of the Columbia River bar and they had been thrown into the water. They were wearing survival suits, so they were better able to cope with the harsh conditions.

The two men managed to climb onto the Columbia Bar Jetty where they cellphoned Astoria 911.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria and two 47-foot motor lifeboat crews from Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, were dispatched to the scene. The helicopter crew located the men and managed to hoist them into the helicopter. Both men were taken to Air Station Astoria and were checked out and were determine to be uninjured.

Winds on scene were at 5 knots with 8 to 12-foot seas. Air temperature was 56 degress with a 66-degree water temperature.

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