WILLAPA BAY, Wash. — The Coast Guard rescued four people and their dog on Friday near Leadbetter Point, at the entrance to Willapa Bay in Washington.
The Coast Guard said they received a mayday call from the 61-foot fishing vessel Genesis A after it ran aground on a sand bar at around 2:30 a.m. Friday morning. The Coast Guard launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from the Air Station in Astoria, Oregon, and a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Grays Harbor in Washington. Coast Guard responders from Station Cape Disappointment, Washington, also responded to the beach area near the grounding.
About an hour after the initial mayday call, the helicopter crew were able to hoist the four members and their dog on board and brought them to Sector Columbia River. No medical attention was needed.
Coast Guard pollution investigators and Washington Department of Ecology are en route to assess the scene for potential pollution. While no pollution was reported, the Coast Guard said Genesis A has the capacity to carry approximately 1,400 gallons of fuel. The cause of the grounding is still under investigation.