Seattle, Wa- The 13th District Coast Guard crews responded to several accounts of mariners not wearing life jackets over the previous weekend, as well as deficiencies in some of the lifesaving equipment that was found aboard vessels.
As spring approaches, the Coast Guard reminds the public of the importance of being equipped with life jackets and having the proper life saving equipment aboard vessels. On saturday the 17 a report of distress was responded to in Holmes Harbor. After discovering the situation had been resolved, a boat crew aboard the Cutter Wahoo escorted the vessel back to the port because there were no life jackets aboard.
On the evening of the 18 Sector Puget Sound watchstanders received reports of an adult male that had fallen into the water in Thorndyke Bay without a life jacket on, the search was suspended with negative results after rescue crews from Air Station Port Angeles, Station Seattle and the Cutter Wahoo conducted multiple searches.
Also on the 18, an Air Station Port Angeles aircrew and Station Neah Bay and Station Port Angeles boat crews assisted Clallam County deputies in the search for a missing person near Deep Creek in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The source stated that she and her friend were aboard a 13-foot vessel when waves threw both of them into the water. Neither of them were wearing life jackets. The Coast Guard crews suspended their search after Clallam County deputies found the missing individual deceased on land early Monday morning.
Water temperatures will remain dangerously cold as the warmer months arrive. In order to ensure the safety of the individuals that choose to enjoy the waters of the Pacific Northwest, life jackets and other essential life saving equipment is a necessity.