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We’re taking on water!

The day dawned glorious and bright, with the densely wooded hillside of Cypress Island for a backdrop, and good friends rafted to either side of Solace. But as so often happens this time of year, Rosario Strait, a mere quarter mile away, was completely socked in with fog. My friends and I had met up [...]

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A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from U.S. Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor in Westport, Wash., inspects an unmanned 16-foot vessel about five miles northwest of Ocean Shores, Wash.


You hear them in passing, usually, one side of a desperate conversation from which you are insulated by distance and the vagaries of the electromagnetic spectrum: a Pan Pan call from the Coast Guard speaking calmly of someone in trouble, or possibly in trouble, or perhaps just missing; or maybe, from their powerful transmitters, you [...]

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