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Coast Guard boat capsizes near Astoria pier; 4 rescued

Coast Guard Astoria Trailer-able Aides to Navigation Boat
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Trevor Lilburn
Coast Guard service members, from Aids to Navigation Team Astoria, aboard a 26-foot Trailer-able Aides to Navigation Boat, tend a buoy in the Columbia River near Westport, Ore., on Jan. 30, 2019.

Four crew members rescued from water

 ASTORIA, Ore. (KTVZ) -- A 26-foot Coast Guard boat capsized Saturday with four crew members aboard near Pier 39 in Astoria, but all four were rescued from the water a short time later.

Four Coast Guardsmen were aboard the "trailerable aids to navigation" vessel conducting routine operations when the capsizing occurred, according to the agency.

The vessel reportedly encountered a series of heavy wakes that came over the bow, which resulted in an unrecoverable starboard list that capsized the vessel.

At 11:39 a.m., watchstanders at the 13th Coast Guard District command center in Seattle received four Personal Locator Beacon alerts registered to Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Astoria.

The beacons' positions correlated with multiple good Samaritans' reports of visual distress signals in the vicinity of Pier 39 in Astoria, Oregon. Correlating reports were also received by Astoria 911 dispatch.

At approximately 11:50 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River issued an urgent marine information broadcast (UMIB) and directed a Coast Guard Air Station Astoria MH-60 Jayhawk crew and a Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew to respond.

At 12:09 p.m., crew members aboard the Columbia Bar Pilot vessel Connor Foss contacted the Coast Guard reporting they had recovered the four Coast Guardsmen from the water after responding to the UMIB and were en route to awaiting medical personnel at the 17th Street pier.

Clatsop County Sheriff Marine Unit assisted in the recovery by towing the capsized vessel to the 17th Street pier.

All persons involved are reported to be in healthy condition after being evaluated at Columbia Memorial Hospital. 

The Coast Guard said it is overseeing salvage operations and has initiated the mishap board review process.

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