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Old 02-03-2023, 05:52 PM   #1
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capsized boat

Check out the USCG Pacific Northwest Twitter page. A power boat, looks like about 45 foot, just capsized near the Columbia River bar. Sorry, can't provide a link.
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Old 02-03-2023, 06:17 PM   #2
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Looking at the videos, looks like they lost propulsion and were sitting beam to. The boat appeared to be doing fine until a big breaker came through and rolled it.

As best I can determine after flipping through tons of pictures, the boat appears to be an Ocean Alexander 460.

Most impressive to me is that while it appeared to have significant damage from the roll (and likely far worse than we can see in the videos), it rolled all the way through and finished upright. Better than I would have expected for a typical unballasted motoryacht type. The whole flybridge and aft hardtop appear to be gone, but the cockpit doesn't appear totally full of water. Can't tell if the side window survived the roll or not.
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Old 02-03-2023, 06:29 PM   #3
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A link to the twitter thread, if I can post it: https://twitter.com/USCGPacificNW/st...14076811169793

Also a few interesting (unverified) comments in the Twitter thread about him being wanted by police, which would explain a lot about how he ended up out there in those conditions.

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Hopefully now they can put him behind bars where he belongs. Heís been defacing public property in Astoria for awhile now and posting it on his Facebook like heís untouchable. Mother Nature has a way of putting you in check real quick.
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Old 02-03-2023, 06:47 PM   #4
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Wow, that's an amazing vid. Wish they continued the film a bit longer
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Old 02-03-2023, 06:54 PM   #5
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Wow, that's an amazing vid. Wish they continued the film a bit longer

Yeah, but my guess is that the flight mech/hoist operator was about to get a lot busier.
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Old 02-03-2023, 08:05 PM   #6
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Am I the only one wondering what became of the rescue swimmer?
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Old 02-03-2023, 08:20 PM   #7
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Am I the only one wondering what became of the rescue swimmer?
I saw him a good 20 feet aft of the boat and a bit further after the boat rolled upright. So the surf got him/her but at least he was not banged up by the boat roll over. But yes more video would clear that up.
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Old 02-03-2023, 08:37 PM   #8
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Not really that bad for the bar. If they'd have had some power or a sea anchor, they would have been ok. Was blowing 35kn from the SW.
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Old 02-03-2023, 08:39 PM   #9
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There is another video posted here with slightly more footage but not a lot. https://www.dvidshub.net/video/87243...columbia-river
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Old 02-03-2023, 09:00 PM   #10
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I donít know for certain that deploying a sea anchor could have prevented this capsize. But, it for sure couldnít have made it any worse.
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Old 02-03-2023, 09:26 PM   #11
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The news just said he is a wanted criminal from Canada. The boat was stolen and he walked away from the hospital they took him to.
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Old 02-03-2023, 10:03 PM   #12
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Those rescue swimmers are very impressive. Physical ability aside, to drop into those seas with no life lines takes a high degree of mental courage.
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Old 02-03-2023, 10:09 PM   #13
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That was the swimmers' first rescue. He went to his graduation ceremony afterwards.
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Most impressive to me is that while it appeared to have significant damage from the roll (and likely far worse than we can see in the videos), it rolled all the way through and finished upright. Better than I would have expected for a typical unballasted motoryacht type.
Lots of MY would be unstable upside down until the superstructure filled with water. So the popping up from a roll is unsurprising.

Way back in early days of sailing concern over LPS and such it quickly became apparent that having a raised cabin was of enormous benefit in surviving a roll.
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Old 02-03-2023, 10:18 PM   #15
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The boat was also stolen. He is wanted by Canadian police.

I cross this section of the Columbia Bar. I wait for calm seas. We have had so nasty seas last few days.

https://www.kptv.com/2023/02/03/man-...FwT913fv5xnqvc
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Old 02-03-2023, 10:31 PM   #16
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Out of the water and behind bars. Hopefully for a long time. Maybe forever.
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A few more details in this article: https://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-n...saves-man.html agreeing with porman's comments.
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Out of the water and behind bars. Hopefully for a long time. Maybe forever.
Well not exactly. USCG and local police were unaware of the warrants. When he was release from the hospital, he just walked away. RMCP are sending some officers to help in the search.
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Lots of MY would be unstable upside down until the superstructure filled with water. So the popping up from a roll is unsurprising.

Way back in early days of sailing concern over LPS and such it quickly became apparent that having a raised cabin was of enormous benefit in surviving a roll.
In a roll that violent I would have expected enough damage from stuff breaking loose inside, windows blowing out, etc. to have significant flooding before it finished the roll. Especially as it appeared to hang for a second before rolling back upright. The basic shape is good for coming through it, but that doesn't necessarily mean the windows and such are up to the task.
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Old 02-04-2023, 12:57 AM   #20
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Am I the only one wondering what became of the rescue swimmer?
Given the post-mission photos, I suspect he came out fine. If you watch closely, you can see him execute the standard surfer move and duck before the wave breaks.
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