Two rescued after sailboat capsizes in Squalicum Harbor

Coast Guard crews rescued two people in Squalicum Harbor after their 13-foot sailboat capsized Wednesday afternoon, July 15.

Two people had to be rescued from the water after a resident reported seeing the vessel capsize at about 2:45 p.m. The sailors were in good condition when they were taken to the Squalicum Marina and declined medical attention.

“They were wearing life jackets, wet suits and helmets, which all greatly increased their chance of survival in the water,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas Grier.

The sailors had been well prepared before leaving the dock, Grier said.

The sailboat is owned by the Bellingham Yacht Club, which will be arranging to remove the boat from where it capsized and became stuck in the mud.

The seas were at approximately 1 to 3 feet with winds from 10 to 20 mph when the boat capsized.

Libby Keller can be reached at 360-715-2242 or libby.keller@bellinghamherald.com.