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Coast Guard conducting waterways analysis, seeks public comment on upper Columbia River

Are you a Portland, Vancouver or Hood River area boater who frequents the Columbia River from I-5 to Hood River? If so, the Coast Guard is asking for your input on the aids to navigation in the area. Coast Guard officials are seeking public comment while conducting a waterways analysis and management system review of the upper Columbia […]

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Wearing a life jacket gives boaters the best chance of survival if they fall overboard.

U.S. Coast Guard releases 2015 boating statistics report

The U.S. Coast Guard released its 2015 Recreational Boating Statistics report Tuesday, revealing that boating fatalities nationwide during the year totaled 626, the third-lowest number of yearly boating fatalities on record. From 2014 to 2015, injuries decreased from 2,678 to 2,613, a 2.4 percent decrease; deaths increased from 610 to 626, a 2.6 percent increase; and the […]

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Crewmembers of the fishing vessel Norn are reunited with loved ones after their vessel took on water and sank 38 miles west of La Push, Wash., Dec. 17, 2015.
A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Quillayute River retrieved the fisherman and safely transported them to the station.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Cory Wadley.

Coast Guard rescues fisherman from life raft off La Push

The Coast Guard is commending the crew of a fishing vessel for having the proper life saving equipment with them when they ventured out onto an inhospitable ocean last week and ended being rescued after their vessel sunk. At 3:11 a.m. on Thursday, December 17, watchstanders at USC Sector Puget Sound received a mayday call from […]

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USCG ATON crew towing a buoy. (Photo courtesy of USCG)

After last week’s storms, USCG crews working to fix aids to navigation

Just how strong were last week’s storms that battered the Pacific Northwest? Well, USCG Aid to Navigation crews set out on Monday to replace at least 10 aids to navigation that were affected by the hight winds and seas. “These navigational aids are the streetlights that direct maritime traffic and allow the safe and efficient flow […]

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