Fishing vessel crew saves 2 near Grays Harbor

The crew of a fishing vessel rescued two men from the water near buoy 24 in Grays Harbor, Washington, Sunday.

The men, one 72-year-old and one 53-year-old, both Tacoma residents, were safely transferred to a Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small, and taken to the station where they were met by EMS personnel and treated for signs of hypothermia.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River watchstanders received a call from the fishermen at 11:49 a.m. reporting that they had rescued two men from the water near the Grays Harbor South Jetty.

The two men were aboard their 16-foot boat when a wave reportedly capsized them and they were thrown into the water. They were estimated to have been floating at sea for four to five hours while an incoming tide helped carry them into Grays Harbor where they were eventually rescued.

“The help and watchful lookout by the fishermen saved two men today,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Zariczny, an operations specialist and search and rescue coordinator at Sector Columbia River. “The life jackets the two boaters were wearing were vital in their rescue. However, without the help of the fishing vessel crew, we may never have known they were out there and in trouble.”

The Coast Guard encourages all boaters to have essential safety equipment on board their vessel, including life jackets, flares, and most importantly a way to call for help in an emergency. Having a VHF marine radio to call for help, or to be carrying an emergency position indicating radio beacon, is essential for letting someone know you need help.

Both men were treated and released by EMS personnel.

The exact position of the sunken vessel is unknown. Mariners are encouraged to keep a safe lookout for any hazards as they transit in and out of Grays Harbor. There are no reports of pollution from the sunken vessel.

Coast Guard assists boaters who ran aground near Grays Harbor in Westport

The Coast Guard assisted boaters aboard a 26-foot recreational vessel that ran aground near Grays Harbor in Westport, Wash., Sunday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor received a distress call from a good Samaritan on VHF-FM Channel 16, who reported a boat with four people aboard had run aground on the south jetty near Grays Harbor, at approximately 11:20 a.m.

The four people aboard the grounded vessel were reported wearing their lifejackets and with no visible injuries.

Crewmembers from Station Grays Harbor launched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat and a ground crew to the scene, while an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria in Warrenton, Ore., deployed an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

Three of the four boaters were able to walk the jetty to shore.

The fourth boater was hoisted aboard the Jayhawk and taken to Station Grays Harbor where local emergency medical support was waiting.

The crewmembers of the MLB were able to pull the vessel off the jetty and tow it to Station Grays Harbor.

There was no report of pollution.

Aircrew members from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria hoist a boater aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter after the 26-foot recreational vessel he was on ran aground along the south jetty of Grays Harbor in kbkw.com/tag/westport” title=”View related articles”>Westport, Wash., March 23, 2014. The boater was taken to Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor where local emergency medical support was waiting. (U.S. Coast Guard video.)

Coast Guard medevacs injured crewmember 30 miles west of Grays Harbor

SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard medically evacuated an injured crewmember from a fishing vessel 30 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash., Wednesday.

Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor in Westport, Wash., received a medevac request on VHF-FM Channel 16 at approximately 7:13 p.m for a crewmember who had reportedly suffered a head injury aboard the Shirley R.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Station Grays Harbor and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria were launched to assist.

The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene and began hoisting the man at approximately 8:30 p.m.

The crewmember was taken to the Bowerman Airport in Hoquiam, Wash., where he was transferred to awaiting EMS.

The man was taken by ambulance to Grays Harbor Community Hospital in stable condition.

Coast Guard responds to fire aboard fish processor in Westport

WESTPORT, Wash. – A 131-foot fish processing vessel erupted into flames early Saturday morning. The Coast Guard reports the master of The Juno was aboard at the time, and was not hurt.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and no injuries were reported. The Westport Fire department said the fire was reported at 1:30 Saturday morning, they contacted watch-standers at Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor in Westport for assistance fighting the fire. Two 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews were launched to respond.

The fire was reported out at 4:05 a.m. There is thought to be approximately 5,000 gallons of firefighting water aboard, with 4 1/2 to 5 feet on deck, causing the vessel to list.

Members of the incident management division from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., were dispatched to the scene to monitor the removal of the firefighting water and mitigate any potential environmental hazards caused by the vessel.

Coast Guard to create Sector Columbia River Today

“The merger of these two major Coast Guard commands is designed to help improve and streamline our operational command and control organization for our many missions allowing for better service to our customers throughout the entire Columbia River region and along the Oregon coast,” said Captain Douglas Kaup, prospective Sector Columbia River Commanding Officer.

Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor is unaffected by this merger, Coast Guard air Station Astoria is a first responder off the Grays Harbor coast where airlifting is required.

Coast Guard medically evacuates pregnant woman near Grays Harbor

GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, Wash. – A crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., medically evacuated a 25 year-old woman who was eight months pregnant, from a Coast Guard 47-foot motor lifeboat 20 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash., Sunday, July 25, 2010.

Coast Guard Group Astoria received a call at 10:55 a.m. that a woman had gone into labor aboard a 24-foot vessel and launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria and a 47-motor lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor.

The woman was transferred to the motor lifeboat before being hoisted by the helicopter crew and transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital. 

A crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., medically evacuated a 25 year-old woman who was eight months pregnant, from a Coast Guard 47-foot motor lifeboat 20 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash., Sunday, July 25, 2010.

U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Astoria, Ore.

Coast Guard Rescues Four in Grays Harbor

WESTPORT, Wash. – The Coast Guard rescued four people from a jetty after their boat ran aground at Grays Harbor, Wash., Saturday.

The Coast Guard recieved a distress message from the four people aboard the 18-foot, fiber glass pleasure craft at approximately 8 a.m. after their boat had run aground on the jetty. Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor launched a ground party, a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew and a 25-foot response boat crew to the scene.

The ground party reached the jetty and managed to safely escort the four people off of the rocks, and the boat crews stayed on scene until the pleasure craft came off the jetty. The vessel was then towed into Westport, Wash. There were no injuries reported.