Three rescued from sinking boat

None hurt, Coast Guard says

NEAH BAY — The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan vessel crew rescued three people aboard a sinking 48-foot fishing boat one mile north of Tatoosh Island near Cape Flattery.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound command center received a report at 1:15 a.m. Friday that the 48-foot commercial fishing vessel Garda Marie was taking on water within the Olympic National Marine Sanctuary with three adults aboard.

Sector Puget Sound issued an urgent marine information broadcast, diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast and crew and directed the launch of air and boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Neah Bay and Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles.

The good Samaritan vessel Quinnault responded to the broadcast and arrived on scene within 20 minutes. The Quinnault crew transferred all three to their vessel with no reported health concerns.

A Station Neah Bay 47-foot motor lifeboat crew escorted the Quinnault to shore, while a second 47-foot mopto lifeboat crew reported finding a debris field and recovered an electronic position indicating radio beacon activated on the Garda Marie.

The Garda Marie reportedly had approximately 400 gallons of diesel on board.

An Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 helicopter crew completed an overflight Friday morning to assess the marine sanctuary. Sector Puget Sound notified the Makah Tribe and state of Washington “out of abundance of caution for potential environmental concerns,” according to a press release.

“This case represented a successful, coordinated effort between multiple Coast Guard assets and civilian, good Samaritan intervention,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Alexander Polyak, command duty officer for Sector Puget Sound.

“While the loss of the fishing vessel is unfortunate, given the dangerous conditions offshore, the quick response from all responding parties resulted in three lives saved.”

Steadfast, a 210-foot Reliance-class medium endurance cutter, is homeported in Astoria, Ore.

More in News

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
Pro-choice supporter Brian Hogan of Port Angeles, left, stands near pro-life supporter Jim Hanley oif 'Sequim across from Planned Parenthood in Port Angeles last week.
Signs outside Planned Parenthood display convictions

Protesters gather in Port Angeles as U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on Mississippi abortion law

Cherish Cronmiller
Contributions aid change in the way things are

By Cherish Cronmiller OlyCAP executive director “The Way It Is” is a… Continue reading

More time given for vaccine mandate challenge

Injunction hearing now Dec. 13

Bentrinck range operations scheduled

The Royal Canadian Navy has announced that the land-based… Continue reading

For the 36th time the Port Angeles Firefighters and volunteers along with Santa will be having their Operation Candy Cane. They missed last year because of COVID restrictions so this year they are back with the same desire to help those less fortunate. And this year they have added two days to their campaign. The first six days they will follow their usual path throughout Port Angeles with their siren and music going handing out candy canes in exchange for cans of food or money for the local foot banks. The last two days they will be outside of PA for two nights sitting at Roosevelt school and Dry Creek school for two hours each. 
	ID: Mark Karjalainen checks out the controls of the freshly decorated 1956 Seagrave Fire Engine ready for the return of Operation Candy Cane in 2021.
Operation Candy Cane modified for Port Angeles

The Port Angeles Fire Department will conduct a modified… Continue reading

COVID-19 death reported in Jefferson County

Rise noted in cases from Thanksgiving gatherings

Allyson Brekke
Port Angeles’ community and economic director resigns

Allyson Brekke, community and economic development director for the… Continue reading

No weekly flight operations scheduled

There will be no field carrier landing practice operations for… Continue reading

teaser logo
Donations to Peninsula Home Fund fuel help for those in need

Campaign provides money that OlyCAP distributes

Most Read