Coast Guard rescues 2 mariners aboard sinking vessel near Grays Harbor, Wash.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River MH-60 helicopter

Coast Guard Air Station Astoria MH-60 helicopter file photo

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard rescued two mariners from a vessel taking on water 30 miles west of Grays Harbor, Washington, Wednesday afternoon.

The two mariners were successfully flown back to Coast Guard Air Station Astoria around 5:40 p.m.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Columbia River command center responded to a request for assistance at 2:10 p.m. from the owner of the 87-foot yacht Le Enterprise, reportedly taking on water.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from the air station arrived on scene and safely hoisted the mariners.

Crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Swordfish, homeported in Port Angeles but on patrol in the area, and a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Gray’s Harbor diverted to the scene to assist if needed.

After the aircrew assisted the mariners, the MLB crew returned to base while the Swordfish remained on scene to further monitor the vessel’s condition.

The weather at the time of the hoist was reported as sunny with 4 to 6-foot sea swells.

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