GRAYS HARBOR - The U.S. Coast Guard rescued the crew of a 48-foot fishing vessel last Tuesday near Grays Harbor, after their vessel began sinking.

The Coast Guard received a distress call on VHF Channel 16 at about 2 p.m., notifying them that the engine room of the Lisa Ann was filled with about 2,500 gallons of water, and the dewatering pumps were not keeping up with the flooding.

Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor launched two 47-foot motor lifeboats to help the vessel. A crew member from the nearby fishing vessel Sonja passed a dewatering pump to a crewman to assist in dewatering.

The two motor lifeboats arrived and passed two more dewatering pumps to crew members onboard the Lisa Ann, which was foundering in 8- to-10-foot seas and winds of about 30 mph.

An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Astoria was diverted to help with additional dewatering pumps and the potential assistance of a rescue swimmer.

When the dewatering was complete, a motor lifeboat towed the Lisa Ann and the four crew members safely into Westport, Wash. During a dockside inspection of the vessel it was discovered that the high water alarm was inoperable.

The boat also had an expired emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB), an inaccessible life ring in poor condition, and a fire suppression system that hadn't been serviced or inspected in 20 years.

The Coast Guard terminated the vessel's fishing expedition until proper safety improvements have been made.

Boat agroundThe U.S. Coast Guard assisted a jet boat that ran aground on Sand Island Wednesday after losing power.

Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment responded with a 47-foot motor lifeboat, and Air Station Astoria diverted an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from training. A 25-foot safeboat was able to pick up the three people on board and take them to shore.

Dave Walker, of Kalama, Dick Grahm and Ken Johnson, residences unknown, were onboard.

The 22-foot aluminum St. Patrick refloated at high tide and was towed to the marina.

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