Coast Guard rescues two fishermen, assists two additional vessels

A Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew tows the Jumpin' Jack to Humboldt Bay, California, Feb. 15, 2018. The commercial fishing vessel became disabled off the coast of McKinleyville due to engine problems. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Released)

A Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew tows the Jumpin’ Jack to Humboldt Bay, California, Feb. 15, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — The Coast Guard rescued two fishermen aboard a 38-foot commercial fishing vessel approximately three miles west of Mendocino, Wednesday evening, and assisted two additional commercial fishing vessels near McKinleyville and Fort Bragg, Thursday.

The crew aboard the 38-foot fishing vessel, Seabird, contacted Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders via VHF-FM channel 16 around 11:15 p.m., Wednesday, reporting a high-bilge alarm and flooding aboard the vessel.

Two Coast Guard Station Noyo River 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crews were dispatched to the scene.

The rescue crews transferred two dewatering pumps to the Seabird once on scene and the crews attempted to dewater the vessel. After two hours of dewatering with no positive results, the sinking vessel was deemed unsalvageable and the crew prepared to abandon ship with the help of the Coast Guard. All crewmembers were transferred onto the Coast Guard boat and taken to Ft. Bragg with no reports of injuries.

The Coast Guard aided a second fishing vessel approximately four miles west of McKinleyville, Thursday morning.

The Jumpin’ Jack’s crew contacted Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders via VHF-FM channel 16 around 9 a.m., reporting they were in need of assistance after becoming disabled due to engine problems.

A Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew launched, arrived on scene and towed the Jumpin’ Jack to Humboldt Bay with no reports of injuries.

The Coast Guard aided a third fishing vessel with three people aboard which was disabled approximately 100 yards off of the jetties at Noyo River near Fort Bragg, Thursday afternoon.

The Kono’s crew contacted Station Noyo River watchstanders via VHF-FM channel 16 around 2 p.m., reporting they were in need of assistance after experiencing engine trouble.

A Station Noyo River 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew launched, arrived on scene and towed the Kono back to Noyo River with no reports of injuries.

“Conditions can change at a moment’s notice,” said Chief Warrant Officer Chris Ramp, the Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay command center chief. “We urge all boaters to ensure they have the necessary safety equipment onboard – especially life jackets for everyone aboard and a VHF marine-band radio to contact the Coast Guard in case of emergency.”

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