Ukiah Daily Journal (Ukiah, CA) - 30 March 1970
•a Four aboard Noyo vessel Coast Guard cutter, aircraft rescue helpless fishing boat By Stuff Correspondent NOYO—A 50-foot fishing vessel with four aboard was towed into Noyo Harbor at daybreak Sunday after being adrift since Tuesday in winds up to 50 miles-per-hour and waves that at times reached a height of 25 feet. The Norcoaster, owned and operated by Elwyn Cox of Fort Bragg, had departed Nqyo on March 22 with G. C. Boynton Jr. and his sons, Robert, 19, arid Bill, 17, for what was to be a two to three day fishing trip. On Tuesday morning,-a short in the battery disabled the vessel off Shelter Cove in southern Humboldt County. A few hours later, Cox was able to flag down a Departrrient of Fish and Game vessel which loaned,them a battery. However, the Norcoaster again became disabled and the engine could not be restarted. At one time the Norcoaster drifted to within a quarter-mile of shore, shot off . flares and burned rags,and-tires. Spectators Spectators on shore merely waved back and did not report the incident. On Saturday afternoon families reported the Norcoaster overdue to the Coast Guard at Noyo which dispatched a search plane from the Bay area. The aircraft located the disabled vessel approximately 30 miles north of Fort Bragg. The Cutter Point Ledge was dispatched to the scene. While a tow line Was being placed aboard the wallowing Norcoaster, the plane dropped flares to illuminate the "area. i The vessel was taken intow at 10:50 p.m. Saturday but the cutter and the Norcoaster were forced to lay off the entrance to Noyo Harbor until daybreak and improved sea conditions.