Coast Guard Station Bellingham, Wash., assists two boaters taking on water near Vendovi Island, Wash.

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard News
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard came to the aid of two people as their 38-foot vessel began taking on water south of Lummi Island, Wash., Friday.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a radio call from the 38-foot pleasure craft White Fox at approximately 10:40 a.m., stating they were taking on water South of Lummi Island near Vendovi Island, Wash.

Sector Puget Sound launched a 45-foot response boat from Station Bellingham and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles, Wash.

The 45-foot response boat arrived on scene, approximately 1000 yards east of Vendovi Island, at approximately 11 a.m., and transferred a crewmember aboard the White Fox. The crewmember was able to locate and secure a faulty valve on the vessel, preventing it from taking on more water. The crewmember then assisted in dewatering the pleasure craft using its bilge pumps.

The 45-foot response boat crew towed the craft to its homeport in Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wash., arriving at approximately 12:40 p.m. No injuries were reported. A boarding of the vessel yielded no violations.

USCG 45 foot RBM file photo

USCG 45 foot RBM file photo

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