ILWACO, Wash. - The Coast Guard rescued a man early Sunday after his fishing vessel sank about 25 miles west of Ilwaco, Wash.
The Coast Guard station at Astoria, Ore., received a distress call from the only man aboard the 36-foot fishing vessel Charlie & Carol at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, saying the vessel was taking on water.
He estimated more than 400 gallons of water aboard the ship and reported that his pump was unable to keep up with the water pouring in.
Coast Guard officials dispatched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria and a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco.
The helicopter crew arrived on scene and lowered a rescue swimmer into the water. Risking his life, the swimmer climbed aboard the listing vessel and helped the man abandon the fishing vessel and climb into a life raft.
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