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Vessel in Trouble Off Oregon Coast Rescued by Coast GuardSalem-News.com
The Coast Guard is presently enroute back to port with the disabled vessel in tow.
(TILLAMOOK, Ore.) - The Coast Guard is in the process of towing the crew of a disabled 65-foot sailing vessel back to Tillamook Bay, Oregon.
The Coast Guard says they received a report via VHF-FM radio just after 8:00 AM that the sailing vessel Hawaiian Chieftain, with 12 people aboard, was foundering in 14-foot seas and 35 knot winds.
It was also reported that the sails were lowered due to the wind speed and that the vessel's inboard 490-horsepower engine has seized.
Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay dispatched a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew to assist. Both vessels are due back to port Tuesday afternoon.
No injuries have been reported.
Weather conditions on scene are reported as rainy, with 30-35 knot winds and 14-foot seas. The Coast Guard weather advisories report that there are gale warnings and small craft advisories posted for the Washington and Oregon coast.
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