Coast Guard rescues 5 fishermen from aground fishing vessel off Moclips Beach, Wash.

MH-60 Sector Columbia RiverWESTPORT, Wash. — The Coast Guard rescued five fishermen off an aground commercial fishing vessel in the vicinity of Grenville Bay, north of  Moclips Beach early Wednesday morning.

The five-man crew was removed from the vessel by an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River and transferred to Quinalt Indian Reservation emergency medical services.

Watchstanders at Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Oregon, were notified of the grounding  at 3:30 a.m., by the crew of the  58-foot, steel hulled tribal fishing vessel Qualaysquallum, homeported in Westport. No injuries or pollution have been reported.

Incident Management Division personnel from Sector Columbia River and Washington Department of Ecology representatives will oversee the removal of any potential pollution from the vessel.

The vessel’s crew deployed the vessel’s anchor before abandoning ship via helicopter.

The fishing vessel reportedly has less than 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 8,000 pounds of crab aboard.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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