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14-foot boat needs a tow from Bush Point

The U.S. Coast Guard brings a 14-foot leisure boat to the dock at Bush Point on Sunday morning. The boat broke free Saturday night because of high winds.  - Justin Burnett / The Record
The U.S. Coast Guard brings a 14-foot leisure boat to the dock at Bush Point on Sunday morning. The boat broke free Saturday night because of high winds.
— image credit: Justin Burnett / The Record

A 14-foot fishing boat had to be recovered by the U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday.

No one was in the boat, which broke free during high winds around 8 p.m. Saturday. The boat was retrieved off Bush Point the next morning. South Whidbey Fire/EMS responded, but by the time they were ready to put their boat into the water, the Coast Guard had arrived, said Deputy Chief Jon Beck.

He warned that as boating season begins in earnest this weekend for Independence Day, people need to wear their lifejackets and personal flotation devices.

“As people get onto the water, we’ll see more calls, especially once crabbing season starts,” he said.

One common scenario he recalled from his several years serving South Whidbey is of people pulling crab pots up and capsizing the boat or falling in without a lifejacket.

 

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