As we face sneaker wave warnings yet again on local ocean beaches this weekend, a reminder that the risks in this dynamic area in which we live are not confined just to the ocean.

Today, a story about the heroic crew of the US Army Corps of Engineers dredge Yaquina, who earlier this year rescued a woman who had fallen into the Columbia River. They were guardian angels that day: without their quick action and situational awareness, the victim likely would not be alive today.

A reminder to keep your wits about you, especially when you’re in one of those dramatic areas here – those unpredictable places where the water meets the land.

Image: The dredge Yaquina on the lower Columbia River, courtesy US Army Corps of Engineers

Here’s a link to the complete ACE story: