4 rescued off Westport as fishing vessel sinks



WESTPORT, Washington - The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four people from a fishing boat off Westport early Friday morning after the vessel began taking on water, the Coast Guard said.

Officials received a distress call from the 52-foot vessel Quest at about 11:10 p.m. Crewmembers said they couldn’t de-water the boat fast enough to keep it afloat and were told to don their survival gear and abandon ship, the Coast Guard said.

A 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Grays Harbor in Westport and an MH-60 helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria headed out to assist the crew.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene at about midnight and found three people in a life raft and one in the water, the Coast Guard said. A rescue swimmer assisted the crewmember in the water, and all four were subsequently taken into the chopper. The crew was flown to Bowerman Airfield in Hoquiam.

No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard’s 47-foot lifeboat crew arrived later to assess any environmental risks from the sinking. Officials said the Quest went down with about 250 gallons of diesel fuel on board, but there were no signs of pollution.