The U.S. Coast Guard said Sunday it rescued three fishermen from a capsized boat off the Quillayutte River, but it's still searching for the boat's captain.
The U.S. Coast Guard said Sunday it rescued three fishermen from a capsized boat off the Quillayutte River, but has called off the search for the boat’s captain.
The ship, dubbed the Sea Beast and based in Neah Bay, sent a mayday call at 3 a.m., saying it was taking water and couldn’t keep up with the flooding. “We’re sinking right now,” the captain said in the distress call, a recording of which was shared by the Coast Guard.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg said Monday the search had been called off by 9:30 p.m. Sunday with no sign of the master.
At the time of the call, responders asked the fishermen to wear survival suits and to prepare to jump into their life raft.
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The Coast Guard says a helicopter and two boats are searching for the captain of the vessel, who was on the ship when it capsized 14 miles offshore. The other crewmembers were recovered in good condition and were transported back to the shore, the Coast Guard said.
The vessel, which sank in the Olympic Marine Sanctuary, could carry up to 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel, but there hasn’t been pollution reported at this time, the Coast Guard said.
According to a Coast Guard ship database, the 52-foot long Sea Beast was boarded by inspectors in December 2011. They found that all hand flares on board the ship were expired “for 10 or more years,” according to a Coast Guard report of the incident.