A Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles crew hoisted three mariners after vessel ran aground near Boulder Island, Wash., Saturday.
Three mariners drove their 46-foot recreational vessel onto rocks, climbed onto rocks and were they were safely hoisted and transported to Paine Field, a small international airport in Everett.
A Coast Guard boat crew aboard a 45-response boat witnessed the incident. They remained at the location during the helicopter hoist as a precautionary measure.
Both the Dolphin and the RB-M crews were searching the area because of a derelict kayak found on the south end of Lopez Island. The crews reported that the recreational vessel nearly ran into the RB-M prior to running aground and taking on water.
No injuries were reported at the time of the incident.
A Coast Guard Incident Management Team is currently on scene and monitoring the aground vessel in the event of pollution. There is no reported fuel spill at this time but there is a potential for a maximum spill of 200 gallons of gasoline.
Weather at the time of the incident was reported as 20-knot winds and 3-foot seas.
by Tom Evans, Injury at Sea. Continue Reading