Dramatic Rescue Footage as Fishermen Jump From Sinking Boat
Coast Guard crews rescued five fisherman, who had to abandon ship due to flooding while west of Cape Alava, Washington, on Wednesday, Jan. 31.
The crew of a 47-foot motor life boat from U.S. Coast Guard Station Quillayute River took the fishermen aboard and transported them to U.S. Coast Guard Station Neah Bay. No medical concerns were reported.
Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a report at 1:14 p.m. that the 87-foot fishing vessel Sunnfjord was flooding and the crew was unable to keep up with the rising water even with all their dewatering pumps running.
The Coast Guard deployed two cutters, two motor life boats, and a helicopter. Three good Samaritan vessels also responded, the Coast Guard stated on Facebook.
Meanwhile, the fishermen put their life jackets, and survival suits on. They had trouble with their handheld radio and the water level rose in their engine room above the floor boards.
When a Coast Guard cutter arrived at the scene, the captain of the fishermen asked for more pumps, trying to avoid abandoning ship. The cutter passed on two pumps, but the fishermen couldn’t get them started and prepared to abandon ship.
The crew from the cutter readied their rescue swimmer, but one of the motor life boats arrived and was able to pick up the fishermen instead.
The crew of the cutter remained at the scene to observe the Sunnfjord, which sank approximately 6 miles offshore with about 800 gallons of diesel reported aboard.