February 4, 2023

Stolen Boat Capsizes in Columbia Oregon

A fourteen meter flybridge cruiser titled m/y Sand Piper which was stolen from West Mooring Basin in Astoria, capsized and was rolled over by eight meters waves while in distress in the Columbia River mouth, Oregon on Friday third February at around 1300 hours.  On the first May-Day call the US Coast Guard dispatched the life motor boat Cape Flounder which found that a boat rescue was too dangerous.  Seeing this the coast guard called for helicopter assistance who sent a coast guard swimmer in the water, saving the thief just seconds before the flybridge cruiser capsized. The 35 year old man was later in the evening arrested for theft and three other charges. 
The stolen and capsized flybridge cruiser in this accident is an Ocean Alexander 440 Motor Yacht, produced from 1990 till 1999 and based on the 420/440 Sundeck's with a sleeker super structure.  The Ocean Alexander 440 Motoryacht offers a two cabins layout and was standard powered by GM or Cummins 250hp with options to twin Cats 375hp for top speeds up to the low twenties. The 440 Motoryacht was replaced by the 450 Classico Sedan in 1999.

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