Coast Guard rescues 4 from commercial fishing vessel near Brookings, Ore.

SEATTLE — A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Chetco River, in Brookings, Ore., rescued four people after a 62-foot fishing vessel allided with the Chetco River South Jetty, Monday evening.

The crew of the fishing vessel Jo Marie contacted the Coast Guard via VHF-FM radio at 8:16 p.m.

Crewmembers from Station Chetco River launched aboard a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat and watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend, Ore., directed the launch of an aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend. The MLB boatcrew was able to safely rescue all four people and transferred them to emergency medical services at Station Chetco River. There were no reports of major injuries.

The vessel reportedly has a capacity of approximately 3,000 gallons of fuel, and there have been no reports of pollution in the area. Coast Guard marine investigators from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, in Warrenton, Ore., are investigating the incident.

A marine-band radio is the best way to contact the Coast Guard or marine response agencies if mariners are in distress on the water. When a mayday is sent out via VHF-FM radio it is a broadcast, not just a one-to-one communication as when made via phone. When mariners ask for help on a marine radio, nearby boaters can hear the distress call and offer assistance or re-send vital information. VHF-FM channel 16 is the international distress frequency and should be used for emergencies.

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  1. Robbie Johnson says:

    We have family who watched the boat in distress for hours last night. They wondered why the Coast Guard did not get another boat there to save the fishing boat from sinking. Just to watch it go down with not more effort was a shame since it was loaded with crab and obviously would have been great not to sink in the entrance to the harbor. I understand it is closed to boats going out and in. What is absolutely horrible to all who know of it, letting the people on board’s dog drown was the biggest blunder. I don’t understand how something was not done to save that animal that was obviously loved and now mourned. Maybe look at some changes in how things are done. I speak from hearing of several things that have been questioned about the Coast Guards handling of rescues. I have always thought very highly of the Coast Guard, another family member was in it way back in world War 2. Thanks for reading my comment.