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Coast Guard assists vessel sinking near Gold Beach, Ore.

The Coast Guard assisted three people on a sailing vessel taking on water 10 miles west of Gold Beach, Saturday.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Search-and-Rescue detachment Rogue River in Wedderburn, helped the three people dewater the 24-foot sailing vessel Kestrel and then helped safely tow them Brookings.

After watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend received a mayday call from the vessel over VHF-FM channel 16 at 5:39 p.m., the boatcrew was launched to assist, arriving on scene at 6:22 p.m.

Rescue boatcrew personnel utilized a P-6 dewatering pump to control the water flooding into the sailing vessel. The water was reportedly coming from the area around a broken propulsion shaft on the vessel. 

After controlling the flooding, the boatcrew began towing the vessel toward Brookings. At 9:19 p.m. the Rogue River boatcrew met up with another MLB crew from Coast Guard Station Chetco River in Brookings, who finished the tow, safely mooring the vessel a little after 1 a.m. Sunday.

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