Sailboat Captain Tells Storm Survival Story

Posted: October 16, 2013  |  By: Richard Thompson [KIRO-7]

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. — Since he was 15 years old, Duane Jones has wanted to sail around the world.

The now 51-year-old retired firefighter from Oak Harbor was heading down the Oregon Coast to Mexico when he ran into a fierce storm on Sept. 28.

"I had 30-foot waves crash onto the boat," said Jones of a storm that hit a day sooner than he says it was forecast. 

Jones told KIRO-7 he tried to get his 40-foot sailboat The Rock offshore but the heavy surf kept pounding the boat, making progress impossible.

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