Coast Guard personnel rescued two fishermen from a 28-foot recreational vessel when it became stranded with a disabled engine and grounded due to shoal water near Everett Wednesday night.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles hoisted the men and transported them safely to Paine Field in Snohomish County.
Dispatchers from 911 transferred a call for help to watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound at 1:25 p.m. Sector watchstanders issued a Marine Assistance Request Broadcast and contacted other local agencies to tow the vessel, but none were able to respond due to shallow water. The aircrew launched in response and arrived on scene at 8:10 p.m.
No injuries were reported, but responders were concerned about the risk of hypothermia due to cold weather. The men reportedly had no cold weather survival gear on board aside from one blanket, which was already wet from rain.
The men reportedly made the call for help using a cell phone. Smartphone users can download the Coast Guard Boating Safety Mobile App for free access to safety information and even request assistance in emergency situations. For more information, visit http://www.uscg.mil/mobile/.
The weather at the time of the hoist was reported to be raining with an air temperature of 38 degrees and 16 mph winds.