SEATTLE, Washington (AP) – The Coast Guard says it rescued a severely hypothermic man clinging to his partially submerged life raft off Washington state’s northwestern tip after his boat caught fire.
The man had been on the raft for nearly an hour Sunday when an agency helicopter hoisted him up around noon and transported him to a hospital. Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer says she didn’t know his condition, but he was able to walk into the facility.
The agency released a photo showing the 25-foot vessel engulfed in flames after its engine caught fire 3 miles north of Neah Bay. It’s not yet known what caused the fire on the boat, which split in half and sank.
The man sent a distress call around 11 a.m. but heavy fog hampered rescuers.