Coast Guard rescues 2 after pleasure boat capsizes off Long Beach, Washington


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WARRENTON, Oregon — The Coast Guard says it has rescued two people from a sinking boat near Long Beach, Washington.

The Guard says in a statement Sunday that the 21-foot pleasure craft became disabled and began taking on water. The two people on board put on life jackets as the Coast Guard in nearby Warrenton, Oregon, dispatched a motor boat and helicopter to the area.

The motor boat crew arrived to find a 46-year-old man and a 52-year-old man near the capsized vessel, which later sank.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Zariczny says the incident illustrates the importance of having lifejackets and other life-saving equipment aboard a vessel, especially in the Pacific Northwest where weather and sea conditions can be unpredictable.

The weather at the time of the incident was reported as 18 mph winds and 6-foot seas.

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