As crabbers ventured out in awful weather to start the long delayed Dungeness commercial crab season on the Washington coast, so did the U.S. Coast Guard, as three boats got in serious trouble near the mouth of the Columbia River last Saturday.

All told, local Coast Guard personnel from the Columbia River and Gray’s Harbor worked about 28 hours on Saturday alone to get mariners safely home. They were very successful, despite harrowing conditions, thanks to skilled rescue work and prepared mariners. No lives were lost.

Here is a link to the USCG video showing how local motor lifeboat crews were able to tow one of the fishing boats into the river under very challenging conditions, just this past weekend. God Bless our Coasties. ❤