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4 rescued from grounded vessel in San Juan Islands

SEATTLE — A Coast Guard aircrew rescued four people after their vessel ran aground near Eagle Point, San Juan Island, Monday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle received a call via VHF-FM radio channel 16 at 1:20 p.m. from a good Samaritan vessel, reporting that a 23-foot recreational vessel had run hard aground.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles and a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Bellingham were launched to assist.

The aircrew arrived on scene around 2:13 p.m. and observed the vessel rocking heavily. All four people were able to make it out of the boat and onto the rocks, where they were hoisted by the aircrew. All four people were transferred to EMS waiting on a local road at 3 p.m. with no reported injuries.

Vessel Assist was unable to recover the vessel due to its location. Coast Guard officials are working with the owner to develop a salvage plan.

There have been no reports of pollution from the grounded vessel.

The incident is under investigation.

Weather on scene was reportedly 1 to 5 foot seas and 14-mph winds.

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