Fishing boat capsizes near La Push, Washington

SEATTLE – A 63-foot fishing vessel with three people aboard capsized Saturday near La Push, Wash.

At 2:14 p.m., the crew of the fishing vessel Lady Cecilia contacted the Coast Guard to report that the Miss Mary capsized 24 miles west of Cape Johnson.

Minutes later, an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., and a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Quillayute River were launched to assist.

After the master of the Lady Cecilia reported that his crew had rescued the crew of the Miss Mary, the Coast Guard helicopter and motor lifeboat were diverted to respond to a separate case involving a vessel taking on water.

The Lady Cecilia reported that the three crewmen were uninjured and later transported them safely to shore.

The capsized vessel is believed to have sunk sometime Saturday night approximately 22 miles off the coast, leaving a sheen 50 yards wide and two miles long in a location inside the boundary of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.

The Miss Mary has the potential to hold 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel.

The Coast Guard and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration are continuing to monitor the site.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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