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Coasties rescue 6 from sinking boat

WINCHESTER BAY, Ore. — Six people were rescued from a sinking boat on the Oregon coast early Friday.

KEZI-TV reports that the U.S. Coast Guard saved them from a 24-foot chartered salmon fishing boat.

Five people were wearing life jackets while another held onto a floatation device in the 60-degree water.

All were taken to a pier and evaluated by emergency medical services.

A radio distress call for help was sent about 5:40 a.m. Friday while the boat was trying to cross the Umpqua River Bar in Winchester Bay.

It had been hit with a hard wave across the bow, which broke a window and flooded the boat.

The Coast Guard was assisted by two other civilian boats that were nearby.

A Coast Guard 47-foot motor lifeboat crew trains at Umpqua River near Winchester Bay, Ore., as surf crashes over the nearby jetty Jan. 18, 2011. (Coast Guard)
A Coast Guard 47-foot motor lifeboat crew trains at Umpqua River near Winchester Bay, Ore., as surf crashes over the nearby jetty Jan. 18, 2011. (Coast Guard)
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