Three mariners aboard a 46-foot recreational vessel narrowly missed a 45ft Coast Guard vessel then ran aground near Boulder Island, Wash., Saturday. The three climbed onto the rocks and a Coast Guard helicopter aircrew safely hoisted and transported them to Paine Field in Everett.
The Coast Guard boat crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, was underway in the area. The crews reported that the recreational vessel nearly ran into the RB-M prior to running aground and taking on water.
Both the helicopter and the RB-M crews were searching the area because of a derelict kayak found on the south end of Lopez Island.