The 60 foot long fishing vessel Pacific Rim sank off Westport, Washington. The Pacific Rim had struck a submerged object tearing a hole in the hull. Unable to control the water ingress, the Pacific Rim sent out a distress call. The Coast Guard responded quickly and rescued the single person on board. He was later taken to hospital for treatment for hypothermia. Reports state the Pacific Rim had some 250 gallons of diesel fuel on board.
The 52 foot long fishing vessel Quest sent out a distress call to the Coast Guard while off Westport, Washington. The Quest had suffered water ingress and the pumps on board were not able to keep up with the flooding. The crew of four donned survival suits and were preparing to abandon ship. The coast guard dispatched a helicopter along with the 47-foot motor lifeboat to the scene. The helicopter arrived on scene with three of the crew in a liferaft and one in the water. The helicopter hoisted all four men safely and were flown to shore where the crew were examined by medical personnel. No reports of injuries. The Quest later sank with some 250 gallons of diesel fuel on board. The motor lifeboat arrived on scene and pulled the vessel’s EPIRB from the water and checked for released pollution.
The 123 foot tug Cochise towing the 357 foot barge Morro Bay struck dredger equipment in the Colubmia River near Westport, Oregon. The oil barge was in ballast and no pollution was released. The tug and barge continued to Astoria where both are awaiting inspection. The Coast Guard is conducting an investigation into the incident.