Coast Guard rescues one near Port Townsend

From a post by Scott Wilson on Three Sheets NW.Jak Mang passed along an article about a race participant who recent lost their life in a Wednesday night race in California. It’s all fun and games on the water until it’s neither. Be careful out there.

A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Port Angeles, Wash., rescues a man after his sailboat overturned near Port Townsend - (U.S. Coast Guard picture by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sean Farrar)

A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Port Angeles, Wash., rescues a man after his sailboat overturned near Port Townsend
– (U.S. Coast Guard picture by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sean Farrar)

[Saturday’s] high winds and rough seas resulted in at least one rescue, as Coast Guard Station Port Angeles dispatched a 45-foot response boat to a small sailboat that capsized roughly six miles north of Port Townsend.

Coast Guard watchstanders received the report of the overturned vessel just before 1 p.m. from another boat nearby which had witnessed the capsize. They diverted the 45-foot response boat as well as sending a helicopter from Air Station Port Angeles.

The solo occupant of the 19-foot, homemade sailboat, who was, prudently, wearing a life jacket, managed to right the craft and clamber back aboard before the Coast Guard arrived. He was taken off the boat and transported, with the boat in tow, back to Point Hudson marina with no reported injuries.

The helicopter, which stood by to assist, took the following video of the incident.

video of the incident here

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