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Nu Explorer towed to safety after crew rescued

Three people were rescued from a 68-foot pleasure craft, Nu Explorer, that was taking on water near Port Angeles, Sunday night.

Coast Guard crews eventually dewatered the vessel and towed it to Port Angeles Boat Haven.

The distress notification came in around 8 p.m. that the pleasure craft Nu Explorer was taking on water. Coast Guard issued an urgent mariner information broadcast and the boat crew from Station Port Angeles launched in response.

The vessel had lost engines due to the flooding and was boarded with a dewater pump, but the pump was unable to keep up with the flooding. All Coast Guard and Nu Explorer crew members were transferred onto the 45-foot RB-M while the crew of the Adelie was diverted from another response off Bainbridge Island.

When the crew of the Adelie arrived, they passed over a second portable dewatering pump, took over dewatering the vessel and put the vessel in tow. The station crew safely transported the people from the Nu Explorer to the port, then returned to relieve the crew of the Adelie, resuming and completing the tow.

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