Coast Guard Assists Sinking Fishing Vessel

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard and the Neah Bay Rescue tug assisted a fishing vessel taking on water and sinking at the dock of the Makah Marina in Neah Bay yesterday.

Coast Guard Station Neah Bay received a call from the 70-foot fishing vessel Kristena Rose that they were taking on water and sinking. The vessel between 3000 and 5000 gallons of diesel on board and four to five feet of water in the engine room. The vessel was listing to port.

A 41-foot utility boat crew from Station Neah Bay and the Neah Bay Rescue Tug Gladiator responded and supplied de-watering pumps to assist. They were able to dewater the vessel and secure the source of the flooding.

The vessel was boomed by people from the marina. Station Neah Bay personnel reported a moderate sheen around the vessel as a result of bilge slops being prompted overboard by the dewatering. The sheen is mostly within the boom and Makah Tribal response personnel are recovering the oil.

Coast Guard Sector Seattle pollution investigators and the Washington Department of Ecology are investigating.

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