Coast Guard rescues 5 from sinking fishing boat west of La Push, Washington

USCG file photo

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard rescued five people from the 80-foot fishing vessel Vicious Fisher, 13 miles west of La Push, Wash., Thursday.

The crew of the vessel contacted Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, in Seattle, at approximately 2 p.m., via VHF Channel 16, reporting the vessel was taking on water and required assistance.

Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles, Wash., immediately launched an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter crew and Coast Guard Station Quillayute River launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat (MLB) rescue crew with dewatering equipment.

The rescue helicopter crew arrived on seen at 2:40 p.m., and lowered a rescue swimmer aboard the vessel to evaluate dewatering efforts of the vessel.

At approximately 4 p.m., the MLB rescue crew arrived on scene and four of the five crew members including the Coast Guard rescue swimmer abandoned the vessel and were picked up by the MLB rescue crew.

The Vicious Fisher’s master was rescued at approximately 6 p.m., after final efforts to dewater the vessel failed.

All crew members were safely removed from the vessel and no injuries have been reported.

Weather conditions on scene were reported as 10-15 mph winds and eight foot seas.

Salvage efforts will continue through the night into tomorrow.

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