Coast Guard in California recovers sailboat abandoned off Northwest coast in June

Coast Guard Cutter Barracuda crewmembers prepare to tow the unmanned 46-foot sailing vessel after finding it near Fort Bragg, Calif., July 22, 2018. The Coast Guard Cutter Barracuda crew found the vessel more than 440 miles south-southeast of its last known position near Grays Harbor, Washington, on June 18, when it was abandoned after a search-and-rescue case. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo/released).

WARRENTON, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescued a husband and wife from their 46-foot sailboat off the Northwest coast last month after a storm disabled their vessel and tore the main sale.

More than a month later, their boat was recovered and towed to port in California.

The sailboat's unmanned odyssey began June 16.

That's when the couple activated their emergency beacon after losing control of the sail boat in a storm while attempting to sail from Hawaii to Bellingham, Washington.

A Coast Guard helicopter based in Astoria rescued the couple and brought them ashore.

But the boat remaind adrift.

"The vessel was not under power and was completely at the mercy of the sea," said Chief Warrant Officer Chris Ramp, the Sector Humboldt Bay command center chief. "The owners probably never thought they'd see it again."

Fast forward a month to a routine patrol Sunday off the California coast.

That's when the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Barracuda crew spotted the sail boat near Fort Bragg, more than 440 miles south-southeast from its position on June 16.

"The Barracuda crew inspected the vessel's seaworthiness and took it in tow toward the coast, where a Coast Guard Station Fort Bragg 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew relieved the tow and moored the vessel at the B Dock in Fort Bragg, Monday morning," the Coast Guard said in a statement.

"Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders contacted the owners to notify them the vessel had been found."

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