GRAYS HARBOR, Wash.-- Five fisherman were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard after their boat began taking on water 19 miles southwest of Grays Harbor, Washington. The men boarded the Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor 52-foot motor life boat and were taken to Grays Harbor.
Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received the distress call from the captain of the commercial fishing vessel Taplow stating that they were taking on water, their engine room was half flooded and their pumps had stopped working. An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast was issued and the motor life boat and a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew were launched.
When the motor boat crew arrived, they noticed the boat listing to one side, and advised the crew to abandon ship.
The Taplow is thought to have sunk in more than 300 feet of water, and possibly has several hundred gallons of diesel onboard. No pollution has been reported at this time.