Whidbey Island, Wa- The Coast Guard rescued a man near Whidbey Island after his 38-foot pleasure craft sank on Friday, Jan. 26. The vessel went down in the vicinity of Smith Island.
An aircrew from Air Station Port Angeles, aboard a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, hoisted the man from a nearby island to Naval Station Whidbey Island where he was met by local emergency medical services for further transport to Whidbey Island General Hospital.
The man’s wife notified Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders. The helicopter crew launched and found the distressed man wet and hypothermic on Minor Island. Coast Guard Cutter Mellon and Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo also assisted with the rescue.
The sunken vessel is not a hazard to navigation, as it is reportedly submerged in 258 feet of water. Wind speeds at the time of the incident were 15 MPH with a temperature of 43 degrees.