Coast Guard responds to grounded fishing vessel near Whidbey Island, Wash.

SEATTLE — Coast Guard crews and members of the Washington Department of Ecology are responding to a fishing vessel run aground on the west side of Whidbey Island, Wash., early Tuesday.

There have been no reports of pollution or injuries.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders received a report at approximately 4 a.m. stating that the 97-foot fishing vessel, Neahkahnie, had run aground in the vicinity of Greenbank, Wash. Watchstanders have dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Swordfish and personnel from the Sector Puget Sound’s Incident Management Division.

The vessel’s master is coordinating with a commercial tug company. The crew of CGC Swordfish is enforcing a 500-yard safety zone around the vessel. The cause of the grounding is under investigation.

The fishing vessel Neakahnie, a 97-foot U.S.-flagged commercial fishing vessel, sits aground near Bush Point on Whidbey Island, Wash., June 4, 2013. Coast Guard air and boat crews are monitoring the situation, and there have been no reports of pollution or injuries. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The fishing vessel Neakahnie, a 97-foot U.S.-flagged commercial fishing vessel, sits aground near Bush Point on Whidbey Island, Wash., June 4, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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