A short sailing venture in a short sailing boat put some folks in the chilly waters of Yaquina Bay early this evening. Reports came in that a small sailboat had capsized, throwing people into the water. One of them a young boy.
Fire-rescue and the Coast Guard raced to the scene, roughly halfway between Port Dock 7 and the NOAA docks. By then a Yaquina Bay Yacht Club boat was alongside making sure everybody was okay. The boy and an adult male aboard were said to be in the water for a short time. But you can get chilled to the bone in just a short time in Yaquina Bay.
A Yacht Club boat came over to help them re-right their small sailing craft and begin warming up the boy.
The boy and his sailing partner, Dr. Giovanni Catalano, were escorted back to the Yacht Club dock, the boy wrapped in a jacket of some sort. He was still pretty cold and therefore was checked out by paramedics. He was determined to be fine.
Dr. Catalano said they were coming around into the wind and were adjusting their sail when a rather strong puff of wind pushed their sail way over, capsizing the boat and throwing them into the water. Dr. Catalano says capsizing is a more common occurrence than most people think. He said re-righting such a small boat takes just a few minutes.
As they say, “Any boat docking you walk away from…”
And…Yaquina Bay Yacht Club Fleet Chairman Tom McNamara wants everyone to take close notice – everybody in the photos has their life jacket on.