The Columbia river bar, where the columbia river meets the Pacific ocean is one of the most dangerous bars in the world
The reason for this is the prevailing winds come from the west, the river current comes from the east. and the tidal currents run east/west. This means waves frequently of 25' and up to 50' will bear directly down into the bar and conflict with opposing river current. These waves become steep, sharp and dangerous. Add wind driven chop, and the place becomes a violent cauldron. There is a reason they call the Columbia River bar the graveyard of the Pacific.
Many time while kayaking the deep blue briney, I have been very happy that so many Coasties have been trained in this cauldron. While I never needed to trigger my rescue beacon, I am glad they are tanned, rested, and ready.
With Maddogsson in the Marines, I continue to hope Maddogsdatir, an accomplished swimmer, will do her duty as a rescue swimmer with the US Coast Guard.
With seamen in the water, it is time for the Rescue Swimmer! Thank God, the Rescue Swimmer didn't need to go in this rescue! Holy PB&J Batman!
She's Got Grit: Early woman Coast Guard rescue swimmer makes waves
It is tough on some men to have women challenge their view of the world. We need more women to do just that, by being excellent while performing emotionally difficult, and arduous tasks.