WINCHESTER BAY, Ore.-- Six people are safe after they were rescued after a pleasure boat they were on sank at the jetty point of the Umpqua River Bar according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Coast Guard officials said they received a radio distress call from a 24-foot chartered salmon fishing boat taking on water while trying to cross the river bar at 5:40 A.M. Friday.
The vessel reportedly took a hard wave across the bow which broke the windshield and flooded the boat, leading to its sinking.
Five of the six survivors were able to get life jackets on, while one clung to a flotation device.
Coast Guard officials say along with their rescue boat two other boats helped rescue people from the 60-degree water. They say all six were transported to the pier for evaluation by awaiting emergency medical services.
Officials say the boat is deemed unrecoverable at this time. They are urging everyone to wear a life jacket while crossing the bar.