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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  1. the_theam says:

    And more of the “rest of the story”. It cannot be disputed that the CG had a great response time and in the event of a FV evacuation they would have been there to assist the crew safely. This was an accident that could not have been foreseen nor prevented. However, I believe what the articles on this event fail to acknowledge is that it was the quick response of the skipper (Hank) and his experienced crew members (Marcel, Shane) and their precision and teamwork that kept the FV from peril. What should be highlighted is the emphasis the skipper puts on running through safety drills and the loyalty this crew had in not letting her “the Zealot” go down without exhausting every option and moment. All of which illustrate the “old school” fisherman mentality of those that once approached their trade with the pride of a brotherhood that today is often only recognized through stories passed on along the docks. These are true “fishermen”, the ones that make the old timers still proud of their legacy. I hope those who read this will give credit where ALL credit is due and let this serve as a lesson to all those traveling our waters for work or pleasure.