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F/V Taplow Finally Sinks – Five Rescued

The Coast Guard rescued five fishermen from the 56-foot commercial fishing vessel Taplow which began taking on water 19 miles south west of Grays Harbor, Friday. Motor Life Boat and Helicopters delivered de-watering pumps after onboard pumps failed.

The men safely boarded a Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor 52-foot motor life boat and were transported by the crew to Grays Harbor.

The captain of the Taplow contacted Coast Guard stating that they were taking on water, their engine room was half flooded and their pumps had stopped working. The watchstanders directed the crew to activate their Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon and don immersion suits. An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast was issued and the MLB as well as a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Sector Columbia River were launched.

An additional Sector Columbia River helicopter crew, who had landed at Grays Harbor for a personnel transfer, also responded to the vessel in distress. The helicopter crew was the first to arrive on scene and delivered a pump and remained on scene until they were relieved by the second helicopter crew.

A rescue swimmer was deployed to assist with the dewatering efforts and await the arrival of the Grays Harbor MLB crew.

When on scene, the MLB crew noted the fishing vessel listing to starboard. With dewatering efforts failing, the MLB crew advised the fishermen to abandon ship.

The Taplow is believed to have sunk in more than 300 feet of water with a potential of several hundred gallons of diesel onboard. No pollution has been reported at this time.

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