Coast Guard rescued three commercial fishermen after their vessel reportedly stuck an underwater object and began taking on water at the mouth of the Columbia River early today, Sunday morning.
Coast Guard boat crews aboard 47-foot motor life boats, from Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Washington, assisted in dewatering the vessel and safely towing it into Skipanon Marina.
The mayday call came from the captain of the fishing vessel Coastal Reign at 3:20 a.m., reporting they were taking on water after striking a submerged object. An aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was immediately launched as were the MLBs. The aircrew arrived on scene first at 3:38 a.m. and the boat crews arrived shortly afterward.
AN MLB crew passed a dewatering pump to the Coastal Reign and then put a crewmember aboard the vessel to help set it up. After dewatering the vessel, an MLB crew towed it to safety mooring it at 4:40 a.m.