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Press Release
June 02, 2009
Oregon Air National Guard training boat recovered near Tillamook Bay
An Oregon Air National Guard training boat was recovered off of Bay Ocean Peninsula, near the entrance to Tillamook Bay, June 2.

Members of the 125th Special Tactics Squadron, Oregon Air National Guard, were en route to their dive location to conduct SCUBA training, when their 32-foot vessel capsized outside the Columbia River bar, May 29.

After a mayday call, the US Coast Guard responded within minutes, successfully rescuing all six passengers aboard the U.S. Air Force training boat.

The individuals aboard were changing into scuba equipment when the boat capsized.

"The boat was a custom designed craft, built with the intent of supporting 125th STS water operations and parachute recovery training for water rescues or downed pilots," said, Lt. Col. Robert Gregory, Commander of the Oregon Air National Guard, Combat Operations Group.

The 125th was the unit involved in rescuing Oregonians during the Vernonia flood in December 2007, saving 300 civilians from the rapidly rising Nehalem River. They also provided support of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Ike in 2008.

"The cause of the incident is under investigation" said Capt. Stephen Bomar, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.
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Capt. Stephen Bomar
Oregon Military Department