Coast Guard rescues fishermen off La Push

SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard said crews rescued three fishermen from a sinking vessel off the Washington coast on Friday.

The fishermen aboard the Fjord Mist sent a distress call around 8:30 a.m., stating that their vessel was taking on water and sinking. Two boat crews from the Quillayute River station were deployed as well as a helicopter from Port Angeles.

After a water pump failed to stem the water the flow, the three fishermen were taken in.

The Coast Guard said that by 11:30, the vessel had sunk in 103 feet of water about two miles west of James Island.

The vessel was reportedly carrying around 150 gallons of fuel. A fuel sheen was seen in the area.

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