Coast Guard rescues two; boat makes it to Ediz Hook landing

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — The Coast Guard rescued two people and two dogs from a vessel taking on water near Port Angeles last week.

A man and woman wearing life jackets were aboard a 19-foot vessel with their dogs when they began taking on water Friday morning, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard did not identify the people or their boat.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle were notified at 8:42 a.m. by 9-1-1 dispatchers that the woman had called for help.

The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Wahoo, an 87-foot patrol boat based at Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles, was already underway in the area, and a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Port Angeles launched aboard a 45-foot response boat.

A boat crew from the Wahoo safely removed the woman and both dogs from the vessel.

A crew member stayed aboard the vessel with the man, and the response boat crew provided a dewatering pump.

The two removed the water from the boat, and it was returned safely to the public boat ramp on Ediz Hook.

“Without the Coast Guard there, they would have sank and been in the water with two dogs, so having their life jackets on was an important safety measure,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeremy Higgins, coxswain of the response boat.

Last modified: May 24. 2014 5:50PM
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