Helmsman Falls Overboard, Boat Crashes Into Breakwater

By George Backwell
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Boat hits breakwater: Picture from USCG video

 Coast Guard and Washington State Ferry crews rescued a man who fell overboard from his vessel in the vicinity of Elliott Bay Marina. The 39-foot boat was moving at the time the man fell overboard and it continued on its course until it hit the Elliot Bay Marina break wall where it began taking on water and sank.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders received a call for help from the man who had fallen overboard from his 39-foot boat near Elliott Bay Marina while wearing lifejacket and was calling for help via a hand held VHF marine radio.

Hearing of the need for help, the crew of the passing ferry Wenatchee launched their small boat and rescued the man from the water. Coast Guard watchstanders also directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Seattle crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat – Small.

Upon arriving on scene with the Wenatchee small boat crew, the RB-S crew safely retrieved the rescued man and transported him to Seattle Fire Station 5 where he was transferred to EMS. The rescued man was reportedly suffering from signs of mild hypothermia.

The boat is reportedly carrying 50 gallons of fuel on board. Coast Guard pollution response personnel have responded to assess any potential environmental impacts from the submerged vessel.

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