Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Coast Guard rescued three fishermen, Wednesday, after their 39-foot crab boat Robert Henry ran aground approximately 400 yards off Cape Arago near Coos Bay, Ore.

The Coast Guard received the report from the vessel's Emergency Indicating Radio Beacon and launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station North Bend, Ore., and a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Coos Bay, Ore. A fire department crew from Charleston, Ore., also deployed on scene.

At 3:30 a.m., the helicopter crew hoisted the members on board and transferred them to local EMS on shore. The maritime responders were unable to reach the fishermen due to the surrounding rocks.

Coast Guard pollution investigators are en route from Astoria, Ore., to assess the scene for potential pollution and work with the owner to develop a salvage plan. The Robert Henry is reported to have approximately 4,000 pounds of catch and 400 gallons of fuel on board.

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