Coast Guard crews from Station Siuslaw, along with a good Samaritan, rescued three people aboard a vessel that was taking on water 36 miles offshore from Florence today (May 11).
About 11 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend received a report that the vessel was taking on water and the bilge pumps were unable to keep up. Sector watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast while the Siuslaw boat crew and an MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew that was forward deployed to Air Facility Newport launched in response.
First on scene was a good Samaritan aboard the vessel Southern Charm, who passed over a plugging kit to help slow the intake of water. They stayed on scene until the helicopter crew arrived, and lowered their rescue swimmer and a dewater pump.
The swimmer assisted with the dewatering until the boat crew arrived on scene. The aircrew hoisted the swimmer and left to refuel at Sector North Bend.
The boat crew placed the vessel in tow and at about 2 p.m. began the estimated 6-hour trip back to Florence. They will continue to monitor and maintain dewatering efforts during the course of the tow.