44-foot fishing vessel, ADRIANNA, ran aground through the surf near Grays Harbor Washington when the crewman on wheel watch reportedly feel asleep.
Three crewmen were aboard the vessel at the time of the incident, there are no reported injuries. Plans are in place to attempt to refloat the steel-hulled vessel. No pollution has been noted, although the vessel reportedly was carrying 1,200 gallons of diesel fuel.
The Coast Guard responded to the incident with helicopters and surfboats delivering pumps to the vessel. The Coast Guard is currently citing fatigue as the cause of the accident. “Fatigue continues to be a major problem in the commercial fishing fleet. We’ve had numerous cases of people running aground due to fatigue over the last year,” said Captain Bruce Jones, commander, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River. “In the Pacific Northwest, there’s little margin for error. It’s absolutely critical that mariners always remain diligent and place sufficient emphasis on safety in order to protect life and our sensitive environment.”
The grounding of the ADRIANNA is under investigation by the Coast Guard.