Monday, January 25, 2021

UPDATE: Coast Guard Rescues Crab Boat Crew

Posted By and on Mon, Jan 25, 2021 at 7:25 PM

UPDATE:

Three crab fishermen were rescued by the Coast Guard on Sunday night after their boat hit the jetties after losing propulsion while attempting to go through Humboldt Bay’s entrance channel.

After Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay received a distress call from the Sunup around 6:20 p.m. saying the boat was on the South Jetty rocks, a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew and a Sector Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew were sent to the scene and found the vessel mostly underwater, according to a news release.

The Coast Guard noted the “use of VHF-FM channel 16 and an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB)” aided in the rescue.

"The situation became grave when the third fisherman fell into the water with the other two clinging to the sinking vessel,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Ruben Colon, the rescue boat coxswain. "Without a doubt, staying with their vessel until the last minute enabled us to quickly find and rescue them."

The crabbing crew was taken to Station Humboldt Bay “with no reported medical concerns,” states the release, which can be found at the end of the article.

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About 6:30 p.m., a vessel was reported to be on the rocks at the South Jetty , according to reports over the scanner. Three people have been pulled from the water.

The U.S. Coast Guard, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Loleta Fire and Fortuna Ambulance were all dispatched to the scene.

A report later came across the scanner saying three people were being taken to the Samoa Coast Guard station and an ambulance was requested.

Please remember that information gathered from initial reports is subject to revision as more facts become available.

Read the Coast Guard release below:
EUREKA, Calif. — The Coast Guard rescued three people after their commercial crab fishing boat lost propulsion and collided with the jetties while attempting to transit through the entrance channel in Humboldt Bay, Sunday. At approximately 6:20 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders received a distress call on VHF-FM channel 16 from the fishing vessel Sunup stating their vessel had propulsion problems and was on the south jetty rocks inside the channel. Watchstanders dispatched a Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew and a Sector Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew. The MLB crew arrived on scene at approximately 6:30 p.m. finding the Sunup mostly underwater. The crew retrieved two of the fishermen directly from the sinking boat and pulled the third fisherman from the water. The use of VHF-FM channel 16 and an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) allowed Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders to quickly receive the crew’s distress call and pinpoint their location. "The situation became grave when the third fisherman fell into the water with the other two clinging to the sinking vessel,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Ruben Colon, the rescue boat coxswain. "Without a doubt, staying with their vessel until the last minute enabled us to quickly find and rescue them." The three survivors were brought to Station Humboldt Bay with no reported medical concerns. As a reminder, the Coast Guard encourages mariners to verify all required safety equipment is aboard and functioning properly prior to heading out to sea. Properly fitted immersion survival suits are the best way for mariners to survive in a cold-water environment until help arrives.
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