The Coast Guard called Clallam County Sheriff's deputies just before 1 a.m. Saturday after the Saratoga Passage became stranded on the spit, said Sgt. John Hollis with the Clallam County Sheriff's Office. Coast Guard boats were unable to reach the boat due to low tidal conditions, so with the help of the Dungeness lighthouse keeper and his off-road vehicle, rescuers were able to reach the boat.
What they found was the Saratoga Passage parallel to the shoreline and violently shifting with each wave, Hollis said. But the rescuers were able to take the 80-year-old and 58-year-old Whidbey Island men off the boat to safety with no injuries.
There is no word what caused the boat to go aground, but officials said alcohol use was not suspected.