3 rescued from boat fire off the coast of Grays Harbor
The Coast Guard responded to a boat fire on the 52-foot boat “Miss Kelly” 20 miles off the coast of Grays Harbor on Thursday afternoon.
Three people on board were rescued by the crew of the nearby fishing vessel “Peer Pressure”, which remained to assist as the Coast Guard arrived on scene.
The Coast Guard sent a helicopter and motor lifeboat crew to assist. The Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake based in Everett also diverted it’s course to assist.
All three passengers were transported to Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor located in Westport. No injuries were reported.
Tthe Miss Kelly sank with approximately 600 gallons of diesel on board just before 4:30pm. Three fuel tanks remain floating on the surface. A light sheen is also visible on the surface where the vessel sank. Coast Guard pollution investigators contacted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to assess potential air pollution headed to shore.
Coast Guard Sector Columbia River located in Warrenton, OR will continue to monitor the situation.