Coast Guard tows grounded fishing boat near La Push, Wash.

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard News
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard towed a 40-foot fishing vessel and its crew to safety, Thursday, after it ran aground approximately three miles north of the Quillayute River mouth near La Push, Wash.

The Coast Guard received a mayday call from the four-member crew of the Jayden Ray at 2:20 a.m., after their fishing vessel washed up on rocks and was unable to deploy its anchor.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., and a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Quillayute River, located in La Push, deployed to the scene. The motor lifeboat crew was able to navigate through the rocks and throw over a towline at approximately 3:30 a.m., after receiving aid from a spotlight shinned from the helicopter.

The motor lifeboat crew took the fishing vessel and its crewmembers in tow and transferred them back to La Push where a post search-and-rescue boarding was conducted. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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