Northwest Coast Guard Has a Busy Week
March 1, 2019
From January 20th to the 24th, Coast Guard crews along the Oregon and Washington coasts assisted five commercial crab fishing vessels. Response efforts included crews from Coast Guard stations at Yaquina Bay, Cape Disappointment and Coast Guard Air crews from Newport, Sector Columbia River and Sector North Bend. A total of 17 fishermen were returned to shore safely.
On Sunday, Jan. 20 the two-person crew aboard the 31-foot commercial fishing vessel Zephyr was escorted across the Yaquina Bay Bar in Oregon by a 47-foot MLB crew from Station Yaquina Bay. Their own pumps were able to keep up with the flooding as they were escorted in.
On Monday, January 21, a four-person crew aboard the 42-foot commercial fishing vessel Dream was escorted across the Columbia River Bar and safely moored in Ilwaco by the Station Cape Disappointment boat crew on the 52-foot MLB Triumph. The fishermen reported experiencing fuel injector issues while attempting to cross the bar with 1,000 pounds of crab aboard.
Soon after, a three-person crew aboard the commercial fishing vessel Miss Jessie was towed into Ilwaco by a 47-foot MLB crew from Station Cape Disappointment. The crew of the 36-foot fishing vessel reported they lost propulsion almost three miles west of Ocean Park where they anchored with 1,500 pounds of crab aboard until the Coast Guard crew arrived.
Also on Monday, a four-person crew aboard the commercial fishing vessel Redeemer was towed to Newport, Oregon, by a Station Yaquina Bay boat crew aboard the 52-foot MLB Victory. The crew of the 51-foot fishing vessel reported they lost steering while on approach to the Yaquina Bay entrance with 5,000 pounds of crab aboard.
On Thursday, January 24, a four-person crew aboard the commercial fishing vessel Triggerfish was towed into Newport by a Station Yaquina Bay boat crew aboard the 52-Foot MLB Victory. The crew of the 42-foot fishing vessel reported they lost steering almost two miles west from the Yaquina Bay entrance with no catch aboard.
The Coast Guard notes that the 52-foot MLBs are only located in the Pacific Northwest and that they are the only Coast Guard vessels under 65 feet with names. The four vessels are stationed at Grays Harbor, Cape Disappointment, Yaquina Bay and Coos Bay.