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Coast Guard Rescues 4 People and a Dog

January 25, 2013

The Coast Guard rescued four people and their dog near Leadbetter Point at the entrance to Willapa Bay, after their vessel ran aground today.

At approximately 2:30 am, the Coast Guard received a mayday call from the 61-foot Genesis A after it ran aground on a sand bar.

The Coast Guard launched a lifeboat from Westport and a helicopter from Astoria. Coast Guard responders from Cape Disappointment also responded to the beach area near the grounding.

At approximately 3:30 am, the helicopter crew hoisted the four members and their dog on board and brought them to Sector Columbia River. No medical attention was needed.

Coast Guard pollution investigators and Washington Department of Ecology will assess the scene for potential pollution. While no pollution was reported, the Genesis A has the capacity to carry approximately 1,400 gallons of fuel.

The cause of the grounding is still under investigation.

The cause of the grounding is still under investigation.

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