Commercial fishing boat the Arctic Fox II sunk off the coast of Vancouver Island early Tuesday morning, killing two crew members. (Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission)

Commercial fishing boat the Arctic Fox II sunk off the coast of Vancouver Island early Tuesday morning, killing two crew members. (Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission)

Coast Guard searching for 2 fishermen off Cape Flattery

One man was rescued from a lifeboat after a 66-foot commercial fishing boat began to take on water.

Peninsula Daily News

Update: The Vancouver Island Free Daily reported that the British Columbia Coroners Service confirmed the two missing fishermen died.

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard rescued one fisherman from a lifeboat early Tuesday morning after a 66-foot commercial fishing boat began to take on water about 85 miles offshore of Cape Flattery with three people aboard.

The search for the other two continued Tuesday.

Watchstanders at multiple Coast Guard units received a VHF radio hail for help at about 2 a.m. from a person aboard the Canadian-based commercial fishing vessel Arctic Fox II.

The call reported that the boat was taking on water and the three people aboard planned to abandon ship.

The fisherman who hailed for help reported they were all wearing survival suits.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River and an HC-27J Spartan medium-range surveillance search and rescue aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento in McClellan, Calif., deployed to search for the fishermen.

Once on scene, Coast Guard aircrews immediately spotted a lifeboat with one survivor inside and hoisted him into the helicopter.

Canadian search and rescue aircrews with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Victoria were expected to join the search effort on Tuesday.

This story originally appeared in the Peninsula Daily News, a sister publication to The Herald.

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