Fellow fishermen help save 5 from capsized boat

ILWACO, Wash. (AP) -- A retired Portland police sergeant out fishing with his wife and two friends helped rescue five people after their guided fishing boat capsized on the Columbia River bar. The Coast Guard recovered the body of a sixth person.

Lonn Sweeney says he started following the other boat back across the bar, where the river and Pacific Ocean currents collide, after the Coast Guard warned Friday morning that sea conditions were growing dangerous.

When he saw the other boat had capsized, he and his crew swung into action. Another Portland officer, Randy Vanderhoof, told Sweeney where to steer and the rescuers tossed life rings and life vests to the men in the water, pulling them aboard one by one in 10-foot seas.

Says Sweeney, "Today we were just in the right spot to help some people." And he adds, "We got five but we couldn't get the last one. We couldn't find him."

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley says the five survivors did not need medical attention. The name of the man who died was not immediately released.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Stories

  • Prime-Time
    In the past, prime-time has been the right time for the Seahawks under Pete Carroll
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.