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Coast Guard rescue 3 people, 1 dog from fishing vessel taking on water near Willapa Bay, WA

Coast Guard rescue 3 people, 1 dog from fishing vessel taking on water near Willapa Bay, WA
Archive image: Petty Officer 2nd Class Zachary Garrett, an avionics electrical technician and qualified flight mechanic at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, looks out the door of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter as he prepares to receive a stokes litter during a training scenario with members of the Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District in Clatskanie, Ore., Nov. 20, 2019. Sector Columbia River’s inland search and rescue capabilities and responsibilities have been growing in recent years.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.

WESTPORT, Wash.​ — The Coast Guard rescue three people and one dog from a commercial fishing vessel taking on water Saturday morning off Willapa Bay.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a distress call at approximately 7:30 a.m. The vessel Terry F reported a loss of power and was taking on water four miles offshore.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Sector Columbia River diverted from routine operations, and a Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew diverted from a separate vessel escort to respond.

The three crew members were reportedly donning cold water immersion survival suits when communication with the Coast Guard was lost.

At 7:40 a.m., the MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew arrived on scene and passed a radio to the vessel crew to reestablish communication.

A Coast Guard Sector Columbia River aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue three mariners and a dog from a sinking vessel near Willapa Bay, WA, Saturday, Feb. 13. The vessel lost power and was nearing dangerous breaking surf when the rescue was conducted, saving all lives aboard.
U.S. Coast Guard video by Lt. Cdr. Jason Joll.

The vessel was observed to be drifting toward hazardous breaking surf near shore, and the vessel crew was instructed to enter the water, one-at-a-time, to be recovered by the rescue swimmer.

At approximately 9:15 a.m., all three persons were reported to be successfully recovered and aboard the helicopter en route to Westport Airport. They arrived at 9:30 a.m. in stable condition and declined medical assistance.

«The crew’s fast action to notify our watchstanders and put on those survival suits saved their lives,» said Lt. Cdm. Jason Joll, pilot and flight commander. «They had those suits on and were ready to go when we arrived on scene.»

The Terry F subsequently capsized and broke apart in the surf, and the vessel’s emergency position indicating radio beacon was recovered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarists in the vicinity of Willapa Bay inlet.


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