SEATTLE — The Coast Guard assisted the crew of a dredge taking on water on the Quillayute River near La Push, Wash., Monday.
Coast Guard Station Quillayute River, Wash., responded to a report of a dredge hung up on its anchor and taking on water with three people aboard at approximately 8:50 p.m.. A 47-foot rescue boat crew and a 25-foot rescue boat crew launched to assist.
At approximately 9:30 p.m. the 25-boat crew took all three people off of the dredge and transported them to Station Quillayute River. No injuries were reported at the time the crew was removed from the dredge.
The 47-foot boat crew was able to assist the dredge out of the channel.
At approximately 8 a.m Tuesday, the barge was reported to have overturned and sunk in approximately 10 feet of water.
A boat crew from Station Quillayute River has placed containment boom around the submerged barge.
The owner of the dredge has contracted a salvage and dive company to contain any possible pollution and to assess salvage options of the sunken dredge and barge.
Coast Guard Sector Seattle is on scene and assisting Washington Department of Ecology with the investigation in addition to monitoring any possible pollution.