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57-foot vessel hit rocks and was sinking when rescued by Coast Guard Station Bellingham crew

Crew from Coast Guard Station Bellingham tows a vessel that was sinking near Sucia Island in the San Juan Islands (October 4, 2022). Photo courtesy of Coast Guard

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — US Coast Guard 13th District Pacific Northwest issued a news release on Wednesday, October 5th, reporting that a Coast Guard Station Bellingham crew rescued 3 people and a dog from a sinking vessel in Echo Bay on Sucia Island on October 4th.

Sucia Island (left) and Hale Passage (right)

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a report at 2 p.m. Tuesday of a 57-foot vessel taking on water after it struck rocks entering Echo Bay.

Watchstanders diverted a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Bellingham to assist the people and the dog.

Multiple good Samaritans arrived on scene to monitor the vessel and provide equipment to help reduce the ingress of water. 

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A Canadian Coast Guard helicopter crew also arrived on scene to monitor the vessel.

The Coast Guard boatcrew arrived on scene, removed water from the vessel with a dewatering pump and towed the vessel toward shore for approximately 5 hours.

The boatcrew towed the vessel to Hale Passage, where the vessel was transferred to a BoatUS boatcrew.

The BoatUS crew towed the vessel toward shore, where it was moored in Bellingham.

US Coast Guard 13th District Pacific Northwest news release (October 5, 2022)

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