U.S. Coast Guard pulls man from water; Columbia County Sheriff's Office helps tow boat to shore

PHOTO COURTESY OF U.S. COAST GUARD - Crews from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office tow a capsized boat to shore on Monday, June 26. A boater was pulled from the Columbia River on Monday evening after his vessel capsized near Deer Island.

A U.S. Coast Guard Station Portland crew rescued the man Monday at 4 p.m. after his 10- to 12-foot sailboat capsized in the river, a release from the Coast Guard states.

A Coast Guard watchstander, someone specially trained to monitor for assistance calls for the Coast Guard, on the Columbia River first received the request for aid from the tugboat, Lori B.

The man, who has not been identified, was reportedly hypothermic after he was initially pulled from the water, the release states. After Coast Guard crews tossed the man a life ring and brought him aboard the 29-foot rescue boat, he was transported to Kalama, Washington, where he was taken to an area hospital.

Coast Guard Air Station Astoria assisted with the rescue using a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter for air support. The Columbia County Sherriff's Office also assisted at the scene and towed the capsized boat to shore.

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