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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 OregonLive.com.
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 […]
There seems to be a bit of a scam going around with several companies offering to “help” you renew your USCG Vessel Documentation, the catch? The help will cost you several times the normal cost $ 26.00 the US Coast Guard charges. Some people in a sailing group I belong to have fallen for this […]
On the night of October 6, 2016, USCG boatswain’s mate Jacob Hylkema volunteered to jump into the cold Pacific Ocean near Long Beach, Washington and swim to the aid of a sailor who’s legs had been wrapped in a heaving line during rescue. Battling 18- to 20-foot breaking seas, Hylkema swam more than 150-feet to reach […]