Charter boat sinks near Tillamook, Oregon

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard responded to the report of a charter vessel taking on water at 6:45 a.m., yesterday, 10 miles off of Tillamook, Ore.

The charter vessel Bullfrog with eight people on board was reported to be taking on water and had lost an engine early this morning. The crew of the Bullfrog, homeported in Tillamook, was out on a halibut fishing charter when they began taking on water.

The eight people aboard were rescued by the crew of the charter boat D&D, also homeported in Tillamook, at 7:22 a.m. The passengers and crew of the Bullfrog were transferred to a Coast Guard 47-foot motor lifeboat at 7:42 a.m.

Crews from Coast Guard Station Tillamook and Coast Guard Air Station Astoria were launched to assist the crew of the Bullfrog.

The Bullfrog sank approximately 10 miles from Tillamook. There are no reported sightings of debris or pollution.

The cause of the sinking is under investigation.

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