Canadian crew rescued off Westport by Coast Guard

The Coast Guard rescued two people off of a Canadian ship over the weekend.

In a release, the Coast Guard told KXRO that a helicopter crew was sent off the coast of Westport Saturday after the ship reported that they had been on the water for 10 days and was unable to return to port because of unsafe bar conditions and mechanical problems.

“There are currently gale warnings, high surf advisories and small craft advisories for wind, rough bar and hazardous seas in affect along the Oregon and Washington coasts, with more weather systems predicted to arrive early next week,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Starr Franklin. “We strongly urge checking the weather prior to getting underway and highly caution against going out in adverse weather.”

The ship sent a message early Saturday morning to rescuers after they trying to cross the Grays Harbor bar. The boat told crews that in addition to the bar conditions, they said  that their rudder had become tangled in a crab pot line and they lost their primary power after their fuel tank reportedly ruptured.

While the bar is restricted to all recreational and uninspected vessels due to severe weather, two local crews from Station Grays Harbor, are on standby to escort vessels in the case of emergencies.



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