National Fisherman

GRAYS HARBOR, Wash. — The U.S. Coast Guard, working closely with the Washington Department of Ecology, safely coordinated the refloating of the 44-foot fishing vessel Adrianna, which went aground approximately one-half mile south of the entrance to Grays Harbor, Wash., Friday morning.
It was reported by the vessel master that a “crew member fell asleep at the wheel.”
“Fatigue continues to be a major problem in the commercial fishing fleet,” said Capt. Bruce Jones, commander of Sector Columbia River. “We’ve had numerous cases of people running aground due to fatigue over the last year.
“In the Pacific Northwest, there’s little margin for error. It’s absolutely critical that mariners always remain diligent and place sufficient emphasis on safety in order to protect life and our sensitive environment.”
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