Skip to comments.Incredible video - fishing boats in rough seas
Posted on 09/10/2013 2:39:29 PM PDT by Twotone
This video is of commercial fishing boats returning from fishing off the coast of Washington and Oregon . They are crossing the Columbia Bar, which is the site where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean.
This is designated as one of the most dangerous ports of entry anywhere in the world. There are at least eight to 10 deaths per year with people trying to get in or out in boats that are not made for this kind of severe beating the kind you will see these boats going through.
These boats are self-righting, have a super low center of gravity, sealed engine compartments, basically bullet proof glass windows, double steel hulls. Well, you get the idea.
They are commercial shrimp and fishing boats. The Coast Guard has closed it to any other boats due to waves of 35 to 45 feet. It is quite a sight to see. Watch the U-tube video and determine if you would like to have been a crew member on either of these two vessels.
Columbia River bar lets go fishing! No Thank you very much!
2 fishing vessels brave the Grey River bar in full flood. Greymouth New Zealand HD Video by Geoff Mackley and Bradley Ambrose.
Did that guy in the beginning who went to the back of the boat get washed away?
wow I am not one to normally get seasick but I could see barfing being caught in stuff like that for a half hour or so.
It would be better to wait for slack water. I tossed my cookies on much less rough conditions on the Columbia River bar.
I did that in open ocean for 2 hours once. Every wave swamped the whole bow and often the wheelhouse of our 50 foot charter boat (I was deckhand).
I was sure I was going to die. The Coasties wouldn’t come out.
While we were about to die, the sun came up and spread gorgeous golden G-d rays through the dark purple scudding clouds.
Then groups of pilot whales started jumping from the tops of the 40 foot waves, frolicking for fun.
While we were going to die. For sure. I’m feeling sick again.
Sucks to be in waves that are taller than the pilot house.
Looks like team Oracle today in San Francisco. They got lucky as hell on Sunday.
synchopate the video with this UToob rendering:
Amended: The waves were peaking around 40 feet, and our bow would climb one, the front half of the boat would go airborne, then plunge down into the trough, and plow THROUGH the next wave. So we only buried the bow every-other wave.
Been across that bar on small tanker when it was like that.
Strong outgoing tide and incoming waves & swells created those conditions. Six hours or even three hours later at incoming or slack makes a big difference.
I think the photograper was from New Zealand. It was an outgoing tide, not a flood.
My family would go salmon charter fishing out of Ilwaco every summer for years and years. Haven’t down that since 1979. I never did become seasick from crossing the bar, and even on a nice day it can be a terrible ride.
The water is very brown. We’ve had some heavy rain a week ago; runoff must have moved a lot of silt out of the watershed.
Ughhh... I feel seasick now.
Plz tell me the Captain’s chair is gyroscopically stabalized...
Steelye Dan’s “Home at Last”, an homage to Homer’s Odyssey.
The synchopation works pretty well on the 2 videos.
Looks like the Obama Ship of State under Kerry’s tutelage...
Time to work out of a different port...........
When I clicked on the link I only saw the title, & I just posted the verbiage that was in the email. New Zealand?
That’s what I thought when I first saw it, but later he’s poking his head out of the cabin calling the second ship. Looks like he had a very close call!
I never complain about the price of seafood.
And boats too!
Nobody rides inside when it is like that, they are all up on top. They get wet.
Dad took me and my two brothers fishing at Ilwaco. I was the only one barfing. They thought I shouldn’t get sick, since I had been in the Navy.
Should have seen the pics of me on the front lawn, holding up my fish. Still looked sick after the drive back to Bremerton.
Men over here. Boys over there. Let’s go!
I got an ear infection several years ago...and next time I went out...I got so seasick, I thought I was going to die...like in 3 to 4 ft surf...
Ever since, I literally can't go on the water without getting green...
Dang - watched it and part of another - and the idiot ‘Won’ is still lying on the tv. (You know he’s lying ‘cause his lips are moving.)
I am a Lurker... I made myself one and only come out of lurk status for those times when I can’t help myself.
What is said about the mouth of the Columbia is true... it is one nasty chunk of water.
I have made 6 dives their to salvage the engines of 2 shrimp boats (with nets floating and flowing) in 60’ + water and ZERO (BLACK) visibilty... the salvage operation was a bust but I survived all 6 dives. You have about 15 minutes of slack (flat water) between tides but it only takes seconds to go from flat to 20’ rollers. I have been towed by a rope behind a boat in those 20’ rollers as well as hanging on to the hands of my tenders along side of the boat until we could get to water calm enough for me to come back aboard.
The first 4 dives were to place explosives on the motor mounts and attach a few clevis that we would later attach cable to. The last 2 dives were to remove the explosives after our Crane bailed on us. Anyone can research it as we had registered with the Coast Guard for Salvage Rights and had Permits, and we also had Orders to remove the Explosives. (they never asked where we got them ;^)...)
I have yet to meet or hear about any one else that has made a similar dive at that location.
I was 20 yrs old at the time and not near as smart as I am now.
The skipper of our Dive Boat was also my biggest Dive Company Competitor but he was a Korean War Jet Jock and loved the Adrenalin Rush and supplied the boat and his time for free.
K ... I’m done... back to lurking
Just re-read my Tag ... made me laugh
Gnight fellow freepers and lurkers
Nothing of the caliber you experienced, but I used to get a rush diving in a cut between two of the northern most Florida keys that was ripping in one direction or the other except for about 15 minutes during slack tide.
This was just south of Miami where most of the corals were dead and exotic critter life gone 35 years ago but current keeping it washed out and lack of access to divers made it a pristine oasis.
Fascinating story, TT! You should come out from lurking more often. :-)