Good Samaritans rescue four after fishing vessel capsizes

SEATTLE – Four fishermen are safe after their fishing vessel capsized approximately two miles west of San Juan Island, in Puget Sound, today.

The 50-foot fishing vessel Esperanza, homeported in Everett, Wash., capsized today approximately two miles west of Cattle Point on San Juan Island. The four men were rescued from the water by Good Samaritans who were in the area.

The Esperanza was reported to have approximately 300 gallons of diesel fuel aboard at the time it capsized. There have been no reports of pollution in the water.

A 25-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Port Angeles, Wash., responded to the scene but have since returned to base. A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles is scheduled to fly over the area to look for potential pollution later today.

The vessel’s owners are working on salvaging the Esperanza.

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