Coast Guard assist after boat grounds itself off of Grays Harbor
The U.S. Coast Guard recently worked with the Washington Department of Ecology to refloat the 44-foot fishing boat Adrianna, which went aground approximately one-half mile south of the entrance to Grays Harbor.
It was reported by the vessel master that a “crew member fell asleep at the wheel.”
“Fatigue continues to be a major problem in the commercial fishing fleet,” said Capt. Bruce Jones, commander of Sector Columbia River. “We’ve had numerous cases of people running aground due to fatigue over the last year.
The Daily Astorian reported that the Adrianna’s crew was able to safely move the vessel from the shore to open water, where they were met by a lifeboat crew from Station Grays Harbor.
The lifeboat crew and a helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria responded, delivering a pump and assisting the three-man crew in removing water entering the boat from damage caused during the grounding.
The lifeboat crew was unable to assist because of the shallow water depth; however, a beach team was able to reach the vessel by foot.
The Adrianna reportedly had 1,200 gallons of diesel fuel on board; however, there were no reports of pollution.
The cause of the incident is under investigation. The Coast Guard is awaiting confirmation from the crew’s employer that drug tests have been performed.
Photo Courtesy of Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Esquivel