U.S., Canadian Coast Guard assist sinking fishing boat

U.S., Canadian Coast Guard assist sinking fishing boat
SEATTLE -The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard assisted a 34-foot fishing vessel with four people aboard taking on water 40 miles offshore from Neah Bay, Wash., Saturday.

At approximately 3 p.m., the Coast Guard received a an emergency positioning radio indicating beacon from the fishing vessel Paul Revere.

After attempts to contact the vessel on VHF channel 16 were unsuccessful, an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles and a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Quillayute River were diverted to locate and assist the vessel, which was taking on water. A Canadian Coast Guard CC-115 fixed-wing aircraft crew from British Columbia was also launched to assist.

Once on scene, the HH-65 Dolphin helicopter lowered a handheld radio to establish communications and the Canadian Coast Guard CC-115 deployed a dewatering pump to control flooding.

At 5:25 p.m., the motor lifeboat from Station Quillayute River passed an additional pump to the Paul Revere and began to tow the vessel to its homeport in Neah Bay.

About 2:30 a.m., the Paul Revere was taken into tow by the crew of a 41-foot utility boat from Coast Guard Station Neah Bay. The vessel was safely moored at 3:20 a.m. in Neah Bay.

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