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Re: 12 January 1961 F / V Mermaid tragedy at Columbia River.[edit]

Two Coast Guard craft from the Cape Disappointment Lifeboat Station (LBS), CG-40564 and CG-36454, answered a call for assistance from the 38-foot crab boat Mermaid, with two crew on board, which had lost its rudder near the breakers off Peacock Spit. CG-40564 located the Mermaid and took her in tow. Due to adverse sea conditions the crew of CG-40564 requested the assistance of CG-52301 TRIUMPH, stationed at Point Adams LBS, which took up the tow upon her arrival on scene. Heavy breakers capsized CG-40564 and battered the CG-36454 but the 36-foot motor lifeboat (MLB) stayed afloat. The crew of CG-36454 then located and rescued the crew of the CG-40564 and then made for the Columbia River Lightship. The crew of the CG-36454 managed to deposit safely all on board the lightship before it too foundered. Soon thereafter a heavy breaker hit Triumph which parted the tow line, set the Mermaid adrift, and capsized the Triumph. The crew of the Mermaid then rescued one of the six crewman on board Triumph. CG-36554 and CG-36535, also from the Point Adams LBS, then arrived on scene and CG-36535 took the Mermaid in tow. Another large breaker hit, snapping the CG-36535's tow line and sinking the Mermaid. USCGC YOCONA arrived on scene soon after Coast Guard aircraft UF 2G No. 1273 from USCG Air Station Port Angeles and began searching for survivors. Other CG aircraft, including UF 2G 2131, UF 2G 1240 and HO 4S 1330, arrived and began dropping flares. Foot patrols from the life-boat stations searched the beaches as well and recovered one Coast Guard survivor. Ultimately five Coast Guard crewman, all from MLB CG-52301 TRIUMPH, drowned, as did both of the Mermaid's crew. Source USCG Historian's Office. Semper Paratus Tjlynnjr (talk) 12:12, 12 January 2015 (UTC) .


Some references Re: 12 January 1961 F / V Mermaid tragedy at Columbia River.[edit]

1. USCG Historians Office. Triumph, 1935 CG 523011 http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/Triumph_52301.pdf Retrieved: 22 June 2015.

2. Coast Guard's worst Columbia disaster started as routine rescue Part 1. Finn, J.D. John — 15 January 2012 http://offbeatoregon.com/1201c-triumph-disaster-coast-guard-columbia-bar.html Retrieved: 22 June 2015.

3. Coast Guard catastrophe sprang from bad boat design Part 2. Finn, J.D. John — 15 January 2012 http://offbeatoregon.com/1201d-triumph-coast-guard-disaster-2.html Retrieved: 22 June 2015. Semper Paratus Tjlynnjr (talk) 17:02, 22 June 2015 (UTC).