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Boat capsizes Wednesday in Yaquina Bay

Posted: Friday, Jun 24th, 2011

After responding to a distress call from a boater in Yaquina Bay on Wednesday afternoon, the Coast Guard said a hole in the bow of the craft caused it to take on water. The boater was out of the water and up on the South Jetty by the time the Coast Guard arrived, according to Petty Officer Wilson. A portion of the boat can be seen here next to the public fishing pier. (Courtesy photo by Greg Harlow)

A boater in a sinking vessel required the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday afternoon after something punched a hole in the bow of the 26-foot wooden-hulled boat, causing it to take on water.

Coast Guard personnel, including Petty Officer Wilson and Search and Rescue Controller Wes Trull said the fisherman had donned a survival suit and was close to the rocks at Newport’s south jetty, which caused his boat to capsize.

Response time was “fairly short,” Wilson said, with the Coast Guard arriving within 15 minutes of the original call. By that time, the fisherman was up on the jetty, out of the water.

For the complete article see the 06-24-2011 issue.

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