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Coast Guard 44 Motor Lifeboat

Illustration by Jim Ewing

July 4, 1980. A 58-foot powerboat was laboring off the wave-tossed Oregon coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Celia. As it approached Tillamook Harbor, the seas grew rougher, funneling between two jetties. The yacht attempted the passage but became uncontrollable. A Coast Guard 44 Motor Lifeboat plunged into the maelstrom. Positioned to break some of the waves, it escorted the yacht to safety.

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