In one of the most bizarre maritime stories to ever happen here on the lower Columbia, a wanted fugitive from Canada, who was also wanted by local police, allegedly stole a boat in Astoria and ended up being rescued by the Coast Guard near the mouth of the river after somehow making it across the infamous Columbia River Bar.

It’s an odd cautionary tale that has something to teach us about what we can expect from the Columbia River Bar and boats in bad weather.

And incredible kudos to our local Coast Guard pesonnel for a dramatic and successful rescue under harrowing conditions.