Sinking boat towed to Edmonds Marina

By Brian Soergel | Jun 15, 2017

The Coast Guard rescued two people and four dogs from a vessel taking on water 1.5 miles east of Point No Point Tuesday night, June 14.

A Coast Guard Station Seattle crewmember plugged a hole in the vessel and used a dewatering pump to stabilize the situation before the remainder of the rescue crew towed the boat, people and pets to Edmonds Marina.

“Someone from our security team and marina operations team were on site last night to greet the boat and tow it out of the water,” Brittany Williams, Port of Edmonds properties and marketing manager, said Wednesday.

“The boat is currently in our boatyard, and the rescued pair came down to assess the damage this morning.”

The Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound command center responded to a call for help from the captain of a 26-foot pleasure craft, at about 8:30 p.m., reporting his vessel was taking on water. The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting assistance from any mariners in the area, and also diverted a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Sector Field Office/Air Station Port Angeles and launched a crew aboard a 45-foot response boat from Station Seattle.

The crew of the Victoria Clipper, a catamaran-style passenger vessel, was in the area and stood by with the pleasure craft in case of an abandon ship situation. The Dolphin aircrew arrived on scene at about 9 p.m., and the response boat crew arrived at about 9:20 p.m.

A response boat crewmember climbed aboard the distressed vessel with a dewatering pump, located a hole in the stern of the vessel and plugged it before getting rid of nearly 2 feet of water from the vessel. The boat crew then took the vessel in tow and safely towed it to Edmonds.

Onscene weather conditions were 5 mph winds, 1-foot seas and a water and air temperature of about 55 degrees.

The U.S. Coast Guard 13th District Pacific Northwest contributed to this report.


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