Five rescued off Oregon coast after boat capsizes

Five rescued off Oregon coast after boat capsizes »Play Video
Coast Guard crews rescue 5 people off the Oregon coast. U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Astoria.

WARRENTON, Ore. (AP) — The Coast Guard says 5 people were rescued after their boat capsized 27 miles off the Oregon coast.

The master of the 31-foot charter boat sent out a mayday call Saturday west of Siletz Bay, saying the vessel was taking on water and forcing the five on board to abandon ship amid 20 mph winds and 8-foot seas.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew was able to find the boat quickly thanks to its emergency beacon. The helicopter plucked three people from the water, and two vessels that responded to the distress call saved the other two.

The five were taken to a hospital and reported to be in good condition.

The Coast Guard says the cause of the sinking is under investigation. It warned other mariners to keep an eye out for the capsized boat to prevent collisions.