Couple and pets rescued from sinking sailboat

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard rescued a couple from a sinking sailboat near Belle Rock in the Rosario Strait near Anacortes, Wash., Thursday.

Coast Guard Group Port Angeles recieved a distress call from a man aboard the sailing vessel Destiny at approximately 2:30 a.m. stating the vessel had hit a rock and gone aground with the couple and their two pets, a dog and a cat, aboard. The man also reported the vessel was taking on water. While the man and woman donned their lifejackets, Port Angeles launched an HH-65 helicopter crew and a rescue boat crew from Station Bellingham to perform the rescue. After moving the couple and their pets to the vessel’s dinghy, a dewatering pump was lowered to the Destiny. When it was determined it was too late to save the vessel, the rescue crew removed their equipment and evacuated the boat.

The couple and their pets were hoisted to the helicopter from the dinghy and taken to Anacortes where they were checked for injuries. The Destiny is reported to have sunk with 160 gallons of fuel on board. An overflight of the area Thursday morning revealed no sheen from the fuel.

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