Coast Guard rescues four from sinking pleasure craft

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard rescued four people from a sinking 22-foot pleasure craft today, three miles offshore of Everett, Wash., east of Gedney Island.

At 2:18 p.m., the Snomish County 911 Center reported that the vessel was taking on water and needed assistance.

Minutes later, a 25-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Seattle and an HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles, Wash. were launched to assist. The 225-ft Coast Guard buoy tender SPAR was diverted to assist.

The SPAR reached the boat, which was flooded with three to four feet of water, at 2:39 p.m. All four people and a dog were transferred to the SPAR and transported to shore safely.

The 22-foot boat was raised from the water with a crane by the crew of the SPAR and secured to the buoy tender’s deck.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

The SPAR, which is homeported in Kodiak, Alaska,is in Everett for training.

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