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3 Rescued After Boat Sinks near Coos Bay

Oregon_Coast-300x169The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three people on Monday morning, May 29th, after their vessel sank in the waters off Cape Arago beach, about 15 miles southwest of Coos Bay.

At about 8 a.m. the U. S. Coast Guard received a distress call reporting that a fishing boat was taking on water. A 47-foot motor lifeboat and a helicopter launched from Coos Bay and North Bend. Responders were at the scene within 30 minutes, where they found three people in the water, all wearing life jackets.

A U.S. Coast Guard rescuer was lowered onto the motor lifeboat and helped administer first aid to the three people. Victims showed signs of hypothermia and were treated by first responders.
Rescuers tried to recover the 17-foot fishing boat, but it had already disappeared underwater, officials said.

“We are thankful that these individuals are alive and wearing life jackets,” the Coast Guard tweeted. “Please remember to be safe today and we wish a speedy recovery for the three.”

This is a good reminder that the water is cold, even during the spring and summer months, and that life jackets should be worn at all times. Your life could depend on it.

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