CG tows fishing vessel to safety after grounding
January 3rd, 2013 - 1:48pm
(La Push) -— The Coast Guard towed a 40-foot fishing vessel and its crew to safety today after it ran aground approximately three miles north of the Quillayute River mouth near La Push.
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 Air Station Port Angeles and a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from 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 beam 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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