Four boaters rescued by US Coast Guard during gale warning

Four people were rescued in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, near Port Townsend, on Monday June 13 by the US Coast Guard and bystanders.

The Coast Guard said they were sailing from Port Townsend to Victoria as part of the “Race to Alaska” when they were swamped by high seas.

The Coast Guard shared video of the rescue efforts on their Twitter account.

“The Inside Passage to Alaska has been paddled by native canoes since time immemorial, sailboats for centuries, and after someone struck gold in the Klondike, the route was blocked by steamships full of prospectors jostling for the promise of fortune,” the race explains on its website. “It is in the spirit of gold rush tradition, exploration and lawless self-reliance that Race to Alaska was born.”

A gale warning and small craft advisory is in effect for the northwest coast of Washington State until the afternoon of June 14.

Many boaters take shelter at Protection Island, just west of Port Townsend, in bad weather.

Coast Guard crews as well as the Canadian Coast Guard remain on alert in the area for other boaters in the race who may need assistance.

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