Five rescued from grounded fishing boat

The Coast Guard rescued five fishermen off a commercial fishing boat that ran aground north of Beach early Wednesday morning.

The five-man crew was taken from the boat by a Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River and transferred to Quinault Indian Reservation emergency medical services.

The Coast Guard was notified of the boat going aground at 3:30am in the morning by the crew of the Qualaysquallum, a 58-foot, steel hulled tribal fishing vessel, homeported in Westport.

No injuries or pollution have been reported.

Incident Management Division personnel and Washington representatives will oversee the removal of any potential pollution from the boat.

The Qualaysquallum reportedly has less than 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 8,000 pounds of crab aboard.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.


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