Coast Guard rescues three fishermen near Neah Bay, Wash.

13th Coast Guard District NewsSEATTLE — The Coast Guard rescued three fishermen, Wednesday, after their 37-foot vessel Karanna ran aground on the Chibahdehl Rocks, approximately four miles west of Neah Bay, Wash.

The operator of the vessel stated that he had fallen asleep while transiting, which resulted in the vessel grounding.

The Coast Guard launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Neah Bay and an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., after receiving a report that the vessel was taking on water at 3:35 a.m.

The motor lifeboat crew arrived on scene but was unable to pull alongside the Karanna due to the shallow waters. However, the three fishermen were able to swim to the motor lifeboat where they were safely brought onboard. The members were transferred to local EMS on shore and eventually released.

“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of standing a taut and vigilant watch when you are underway,” said Capt. Scott Ferguson, Commander of Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound. “The alternative could result in loss of life and significant impacts to the environment. Please stay sharp out there.”

A salvage operation will be conducted as soon as weather permits.

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