SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard, and other agencies, rescue three people and a dog Tuesday from a sinking vessel in Echo Bay on Sucia Island.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a report at 2 p.m. Tuesday of a 57-foot vessel taking on water after it struck rocks entering Echo Bay.
U.S. Coast Guard watchstanders diverted a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) crew from Coast Guard Station Bellingham to assist the people and the dog.
Multiple good Samaritans arrived on scene to monitor the vessel and provide equipment to help reduce the ingress of water.
A Canadian Coast Guard (Rescue Sauvetage) CH-149 Cormorant helicopter aircrew also arrived on scene to monitor the vessel rescue, and assist to U.S. Coast Guard Response Boat crew in necessary case.
The Coast Guard Response Boat-Medium boatcrew arrived on scene, removed water from the vessel with a dewatering pump and towed the vessel toward shore for approximately 5 hours.
The RB-M boatcrew towed the vessel to Hale Passage, where the vessel was transferred to a BoatUS boatcrew.
The BoatUS crew towed the vessel toward shore, where it was moored in Bellingham.
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