Coast Guard, local authorities, assist capsized fishing vessel

SEATTLE ā€“ The Coast Guard, working with San Juan County, Wash., Sheriff’s Office and good Samaritan boaters, responded to the capsized fishing vessel Ana J near Salmon Bank, San Juan Islands, Wash., at approximately 6:34 p.m. Friday

Local good Samaritans rescued the six person crew from the water after the Ana J capsized for reasons not yet known.

A Coast Guard response boat crew from Station Bellingham, Wash., and a San Juan County Sheriff’s Office rescue boat crew ferried the Ana Jā€™s crew from multiple good Samaritan boats to shore.

Four crewmembers were treated and released at a local medical facility.

Airlift Northwest transported one crewmember to Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, and one crewmember to Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham for further medical attention.

The extent of injuries and condition of the two airlifted crewmembers is not known at this time.

The Coast Guard, Department of Ecology, and Islands’ Oil Spill Association are responding to the oil sheen created by the sinking.

Agencies are conducting over flights to determine the extent of the sheen and possible environmental impact as well as coordinating with oil recovery specialists.

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