Coast Guard Auxiliary to the Rescue in Tacoma

Tacoma, WA – Members of a Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla assisted five people that became stranded after their boat ran aground near Tacoma, Wash. Saturday.

At 11:35 a.m., the operator of the 40-foot vessel Blue Moon contacted the Tacoma 911 center to request help after his sailboat grounded on a shoal in Commencement Bay.

Minutes later, The Tacoma Fire Boat Defiance and a Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel from Flotilla 35 arrived to help the crew of the sailboat.

About noon, the Coast Guard Auxiliary crew maneuvered close enough to pass a tow line to the badly listing vessel, which was then towed to safety by the Defiance.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is composed of uniformed, non-military volunteer civilians who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement. These men and women can be found on the nation’s waterways, in the air, in classrooms and on the dock, performing Maritime Domain Awareness patrols, safety patrols, vessel safety checks and public education.

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