Coast Guard hoists mariner from vessel aground north of Vendovi Island, Wash.

A Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

USCG File Photo

SEATTLE — Coast Guard crews rescued a distressed mariner from a 30-foot sailing vessel that was taking on water and stuck on the rocks north of Vendovi Island, Tuesday night.

A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, hoisted the man and transported him to Anacortes Airport, where he was safely transferred to emergency medical service personnel to be treated for signs of mild hypothermia at Island Hospital.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received the initial mayday call from the mariner at 7:04 p.m., where he stated he was stuck near the island. Watchstanders lost communications, however, confirmed his position using the Coast Guard radio system known as Rescue 21. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Bellingham and the aircrew launched in response.

The 45-foot RB-M crew arrived on scene, located the vessel on the rocks and the mariner on the island, but was unable to get close to the vessel or the mariner due to the limited water depth. The aircrew arrived 20-minutes after the boat crew and performed the hoist.

There has been no report of sheening from the vessel and Incident Management Division personnel from sector are standing by as the owner works on a salvage plan to get the vessel off the island and refloated.

Weather on scene was 17-MPH winds, 2-foot high seas, an air temperature of 50 F and water temperature of 50 F.


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