Coast Guard crews prevent fishing vessel from sinking

SEATTLE – Coast Guard crews prevented the sinking of a 57-foot fishing vessel two miles from Smith Island, in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Wash. on Wednesday.

The Coast Guard was notified at approximately 10:00 p.m. that the fishing vessel Zealot, homeported in Ketchikan, Alaska., was taking on water with three people on board.

Coast Guard Group/Air Station Port Angeles launched an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew and the Coast Guard Cutter Adelie, homeported in Port Angeles, Wash., was diverted to assist the vessel.

The Coast Guard Cutter Adelie’s rescue and assist team assisted the crew of Zealot to control the flooding and took the vessel into tow.

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Adelie is towing the Zealot to Port Townsend. Wash., where its crew can conduct repairs.

Weather conditions on scene are four foot seas and 20-knot winds from the west.

There are no reported injuries and the cause of the flooding is unknown at this time.

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