Coast Guard rescues 4 off of Westport coast
The Coast Guard rescued four people from the water 17 miles west of Westport on Friday.
Coast Guard Sector Columbia River says they recieved a distress call from the crew of the 52-foot fishing vessel Quest shortly after 11pm on Thursday, stating the boat was quickly taking on water. The crew told the Coast Guard that they could not stay afloat and were told to abandon the boat while a lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor in Westport and a helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria were sent to assist.
The helicopter crew arrrived on scene at midnight to find three people in a liferaft and one in the water. A rescue swimmer was deployed to assist the crewmember in the water and then all four were taken into the helicopter. The crew was taken to Bowerman Airfield in Hoquiam to be examined by emergency medical personnel. There were no reported injuries.
The lifeboat crew arrived to locate the vessel and assess the risk of pollution.
The Quest sank with an estimated 250 gallons of diesel fuel on board, but there were no signs of pollution.