Coast Guard tows fishing vessel into Crescent City Harbor

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. – Coast Guard units towed a sinking fishing vessel safely into Crescent City Harbor Wednesday afternoon after the vessel's crew reported taking on water less than a mile south of the harbor.

Coast Guard Group Humboldt Bay received a distress call at 12:07 p.m., from a 30-foot crab fishing vessel that had started taking on water through a damaged engine salt-water intake. Four people were reported aboard the vessel.

The Coast Guard dispatched a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Chetco River, the Coast Guard Cutter Dorado’s small boat, a Coast Guard Auxiliary 25-foot response boat, and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Humboldt Bay to the scene. The 11-foot boat from the Cutter Dorado arrived first on scene and stabilized the situation until the Coast Guard Auxiliary response boat could tow the sinking vessel to safety. The fishing vessel was safely towed into Crescent City Harbor by 1:09 p.m.

The Coast Guard provides dockside safety exams for fishing vessels free-of-charge. All commercial and recreational mariners are encouraged to obtain a safety inspection prior to getting underway in the challenging conditions of the Lost Coast.

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