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Five Rescued After Fishing Boat
Sinks Off Columbia River

by Staff
KOMO News, January 7, 2017

WARRENTON, Oregon -- Five people were pulled from the water near the entrance to the Columbia River early Saturday after their fishing boat sank.

The Coast Guard says it got mayday calls at 4:31 from the Star King, a 55-foot trawler based in Astoria, Oregon. The boat was taking on water, then suddenly capsized.

The crewmembers had on survival suits. Another fishing boat, the Sea Ballad, pulled the five from the water. A Coast Guard boat later got the men and took them to Ilwaco. The men didn't need medical attention.

"The quick, selfless actions taken by the crew of the good Samaritan crab vessel Sea Ballad and the fact that the Star King's crew put on survival suits saved five lives today," said Chief Petty Officer Justin Urbano, command duty officer, Sector Columbia River, in a news release. "The Coast Guard had a quick response, but these fishermen were out of the water before we arrived on scene."

The Coast Guard said the sunken boat "is not blocking navigation, but is a hazard to navigation and all mariners need to be on the lookout" in the area.

The Star King had 300 gallons of fuel onboard when it sank. Personnel from Sector Columbia River Incident Management Division have been notified and will oversee the cleanup of the pollution threat.

Five Rescued After Fishing Boat Sinks Off Columbia River
KOMO News, January 7, 2017

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