Coast Guard escorts damaged sailing vessel

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard were escorting a distressed vessel, Monday evening, approximately 40 miles west of La Push, Wash.

The crew of the sailing vessel Talara was transiting from Port Ludlow, Wash., to Hawaii, at approximately 6:53 p.m., when the mast spreader or mast support rigging failed.

The Coast Guard received launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., and a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Quillayute River in La Push.

The helicopter crew was the first to arrive on scene at 8:21 p.m. The motor life boat crew arrived on scene at 8:58 p.m. and was escorting the Talara toward the Washington coast.

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