MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. – A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Humboldt Bay towed a fishing vessel to safety this morning in dense fog off the jetty rocks at the Humboldt Bay entrance.
The 20-foot fishing vessel ran out of gas and was pushed against the jetty rocks by the incoming swell. The Coast Guard was notified of the distress by Johnny’s Marina, who was temporarily in communication with the vessel. The rescue crews immediately launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat and a 25-foot rescue boat to assist the distressed boat.
A Coast Guard ground party assisted the fishing vessel’s owner to shore from the rocks as the rescue boats arrived on scene. The fishing vessel did not experience significant structural damage, and the Coast Guard waited until the incoming tide lifted the boat enough to tow it clear of the rocks and to Woodley Island.
The Coast Guard often depends on good Samaritans to assist in times of distress. Anytime you see or hear a mariner in distress please do not hesitate to contact the Coast Guard on channel 16 or by calling 707-839-6100. Additionally, mariners are always reminded to have the proper safety gear before getting underway. Having the life jackets, flares, and a properly working radio will help during a time of distress.