KINGSTON, Kitsap County — Three people were rescued after their boat ran aground off President Point near Kingston, authorities said. No one was reported injured.
North Kitsap Fire and Rescue crews responded to the scene Wednesday around 5 a.m. after the Coast Guard received a distress call of a vessel taking on water, the Kitsap Sun reported.
Those on the 65-foot vessel escaped in life rafts because the rescue boat could not access them through shallow waters, rescue-crew members said.
“The boat’s owner and operator told firefighters that he likely he fell asleep while underway from Gig Harbor and was awakened only when the bilge alarm sounded as the grounded and listing vessel began taking on water,” North Kitsap Fire and Rescue said in a statement.
Some fuel spilled out of the recently filled tanks through vents, which were then closed to prevent additional spillage, Department of Ecology spokesman Larry Altose said.
“With it being recently filled, we’re very glad to get those vents plugged,” said Altose, adding the vessel can hold up to 8,000 gallons of fuel.
The Coast Guard and the vessel owner have started to develop a salvage plan to get the boat on its way.