Coast Guard escorts distressed vessel into Garibaldi Bay

13th Coast Guard District NewsSEATTLE — A Coast Guard 47-foot motor life boat crew from Station Tillamook Bay, Ore., completed the escort of the 31-foot fishing vessel Two Sons, to Garibaldi Bay, Ore., Tuesday.

The Coast Guard responded after receiving an initial report, Monday, that the vessel had 500 gallons of water on board that resulted from ice melt in the fish storage compartment. The vessel, which had two crewmembers on board, was approximately 30 miles west of Cape Mears, Ore.

The Coast Guard launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria in Warrenton, Ore., and a motor life boat crew from Station Tillamook Bay.

At approximately 3:45 p.m., the Jayhawk crew arrived on scene and lowered a dewatering pump to the crew. The Two Son crew’s initial attempt to dewater the vessel failed after the pump overheated.

Approximately one hour later, the motor life boat arrived on scene and provided the crew with a second pump, which resulted in a successful dewatering evolution. Two Sons transited to Garibaldi, Ore., under escort of the 47-foot motor lifeboat.

An inspection of Two Sons was conducted by the Coast Guard and revealed 13 deficiencies and expired fire extinguishers.

Commercial fishing is one of our nation’s most hazardous industries.  Lives are often lost even though most casualties are preventable. A few safety initiatives have modestly reduced the number of injuries and deaths. While maritime safety standards have been established, compliance is not universal because most commercial fishing vessels fall into the category of ‘uninspected vessels’.

The goal of the 13th Coast Guard District Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety (CFVS) program is to reduce fishing vessel casualties by helping fishermen comply with applicable laws, regulations and guidelines. The current program seeks to improve safety through education, public awareness, voluntary dockside examination of vessels, and regulatory enforcement.  More information on the program can be found athttp://www.uscg.mil/d13/cfvs/default.asp.

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