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After busy weekend, USCG urges use of lifesaving equipment

With big breezes and cold air and water, it has been an eventful few days for boaters and USCG crews on the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Coast Guard crews were involved in multiple incidences throughout the holiday weekend in Washington, responding to cases where mariners were ill prepared or, with tragic consequences, not wearing lifejackets. Late Saturday morning, the owner […]

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UPDATE: PNW sailors rescued after capsize in Caribbean 600 race

Just after 8 p.m. on February 19th, the Paul Bieker-designed catamaran Fujin, which hails from Seattle and had an experienced local crew aboard, capsized near the island of Saba during the RORC Caribbean 600 race. All eight crewmembers have been rescued and are safe. Here’s an interview with Fujin owner Greg Slyngstad courtesy of Louay […]

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Kayaker rescues crabber from burning boat

Wow, this is quite a rescue! A kayaker takes matters into her own hands and sets out to assist a commercial crabber from his burning vessel. Glad everyone is safe… This video was apparently shot on January 31, 2018 near La Conner, Washington. Quote from the video post on YouTube: “A fisherman was trapped on a burning crabbing […]

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Video | Boat crash on the Columbia River

The chilling footage below is from a collision near buoy 10 on the Columbia River. It took place last summer and has been making the rounds as a cautionary tale for boaters everywhere. Fortunately nobody was seriously injured or killed. Be safe out there, boaters! Read the full story at  

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Tug Parthia salvaged, pulled from the water and ready for restoration. Photo by Karla Fowler.

Sunken historic tug Parthia raised, returned to Olympia

When Parthia, one of Olympia’s longest working and oldest tugboats sank in Hood Canal in early August, 2017 several members of the nonprofit South Sound Maritime Heritage Association (SSMHA) swung into rescue and refloat action.  More than three months later, on November 16, after hundreds of hours of planning and volunteer, donated and contracted work, and two […]

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