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A boat ablaze in Eagle Harbor. (Photo courtesy of the Bainbridge Island FG).

Boat catches fire, sinks in Eagle Harbor

Onlookers watched as a 24-foot boat caught fire in Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island Saturday morning just after 9 a.m. Fortunately, a passing boater was able to retrieve the vessel’s owner from the burning boat. According to the Bainbridge Island FD, both suffered minor injuries and are recovering from smoke inhalation. The boat’s owner was taken […]

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USCG urges mariners to secure vessels

Every fall, the USCG spends time and resources chasing down boats that have broken free from moorings or have been swept of a beach. And now that fall storms have arrived, they are once again urging vessel and paddlecraft owners to properly secure and label their boats. Coast Guard crews treat every unmanned and adrift vessel as […]

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U.S. & Canadian Coast Guard crews working to assist sailors 200 miles off Washington coast

UPDATED at 12:15 p.m. Friday, August 19: U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard crews are working together to ensure five people abroad a 43-foot sailing vessel that was taking on water over 200 miles off the Washington Coast in 20-foot seas and 30-mph winds Thursday sail safely to Neah Bay, Washington. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector […]

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Traveling up the Columbia River between Vancouver and Portland

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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