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One person drowned when a pleasure boat capsized in the mouth of the Columbia River near Astoria Tuesday morning, according to the Coast Guard.
Two other people were rescued and transported to a local hospital for hypothermia. The Coast Guard said they were in the cold water for as long as 45 minutes before other boaters spotted them.
The Coast Guard sent crews on three boats and one helicopter to aid in the rescue. They quickly spotted debris floating in the water, along with several life jackets.
Investigators have not released names, but said the deceased is a 72-year-old man and the survivors are also men – one is 57 and the other is 71.
Witnesses said waves were up to eight feet high when the accident happened just before 8 a.m. near buoy #6.
None of the people on the capsized boat were wearing life jackets, according to the Coast Guard.