Coast Guard responds to boat fire 20 miles NW of Grays Harbor, Wash.

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard responded to a boat fire on a the 52-foot recreational vessel Miss Kelly located approximately 20 miles northwest of Grays Harbor, Wash., Thursday.

The three boaters on board were rescued by the crew of the nearby fishing vessel Peer Pressure, which remained on location until the Coast Guard arrived on scene.

The Coast Guard diverted an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew to assist. The Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake based in Everett, Wash., also diverted to assist.

At 3:08 p.m. the motor lifeboat crew arrived on scene and transferred the three boaters on board. The members were transported to Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor located in Westport, Wash. No injuries were reported.

At 4:27 p.m. the Miss Kelly sank with approximately 600 gallons of diesel on board. Three fuel tanks remain floating on the surface. A light sheen is also visible on the surface where the vessel sank. Coast Guard pollution investigators contacted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for an air plume model to assess potential air pollution headed to shore.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River located in Warrenton, Ore., will continue to monitor the situation.

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