Coast Guard crews and good Samaritans responded to a mayday call and aided the crew of a sinking 32-foot fishing vessel 20 miles south west of Yaquina Bay, Wednesday, April 8.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Yaquina Bay in Newport escorted the fishing vessel Apache 4 to Yaquina Bay after multiple crews worked to identify the source of the flooding, secure it and dewater the vessel.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend received a mayday call over VHF-FM channel 16 from the two fishermen around 8:42 p.m., reporting the vessel was taking on water and sinking.

The MLB crew and MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Air Station North Bend and Air Facility Newport were launched in response, while the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Orcas was diverted from their nearby patrol.

Good Samaritans aboard the fishing vessels Kristina and Silver Quest also responded to an urgent marine information broadcast issued by Sector North Bend watchstanders.

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