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Coast Guard rescues man who escaped sinking yacht off Washington coast

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One of two sheens potentially from the 45-foot pleasure yacht Sea Crest is spotted on the water the morning after the vessel collided with an unknown object and sank 9 miles off Leadbetter Point State Park (Photo: US Coast Guard) One of two sheens potentially from the 45-foot pleasure yacht Sea Crest is spotted on the water the morning after the vessel collided with an unknown object and sank 9 miles off Leadbetter Point State Park (Photo: US Coast Guard)
Debris from the 45-foot pleasure yacht Sea Crest is spotted on the water the morning after the vessel collided with an unknown object and sank 9 miles off Leadbetter Point State Park. (Photo: US Coast Guard) Debris from the 45-foot pleasure yacht Sea Crest is spotted on the water the morning after the vessel collided with an unknown object and sank 9 miles off Leadbetter Point State Park. (Photo: US Coast Guard)
LONG BEACH, WA (KPTV) -

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a man who escaped from his sinking yacht off the Washington coast.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria was notified of the call for help about nine miles off Leadbetter Point State Park north of Long Beach at 10:17 p.m. Friday.

The 67-year-old mariner reported that his 45-foot pleasure yacht, Sea Crest, was taking on water after hitting an unknown object. The man hit his head during the collision and reported that he may have lost consciousness, but he wasn’t sure for how long.

When he woke up, water was coming into the deck scuppers.

Nobody else was on the yacht, which was in auto pilot at the time of the collision.

The mariner abandoned ship into his 17-foot yacht tender with a life jacket, survival suit and flares.

Shortly after notifying the Coast Guard, the man reported losing sight of the ship and hearing sounds that indicated it might have sunk.

The man was safely hoisted up by the Coast Guard helicopter crew at 11:06 p.m. After landing back at the air station, the man was checked out, but refused further medical treatment.

A crew from Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor responded to the scene at 12:04 a.m. Saturday and towed the yacht tender back to the station.

A helicopter crew flew over the scene again Saturday morning and located the sunken vessel and spotted two sheens on the water. A buoy was used to mark the area and an alert was sent out about the potential navigation hazard.

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