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The operator of a fishing boat apparently fell asleep at the helm and grounded the boat near Neah Bay early today, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The 37-foot boat eventually hit Chibahdehl Rocks, about four miles west of Neah Bay.

The Coast Guard sent a lifeboat crew and a helicopter to rescue the fishermen after a report that the boat was taking on water about 3:35 a.m., the Coast Guard said.

The lifeboat, however, wasn’t able to pull along side the grounded fishing boat because the water was too shallow, so the fishermen had to swim to the rescue boat where they were safely pulled from the water. They were brought to shore, treated and released.

The fishing boat will be salvaged when the weather permits.