Crew rescued after fishing boat runs aground early Saturday near Decatur Island

Six people were rescued from a 62-foot commercial fishing boat shortly after it ran aground Saturday near Decatur Island, at about 2 a.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard sent a cutter to the site of the stranded fishing vessel after receiving a distress call from the crew of the TW Legacy at about 2:30 a.m. The six-person crew was taken onboard the Cutter Terrapin, dispatched from Bellingham, after it arrived on scene. No injuries were reported.

According to the Coast Guard, the TW Legacy was traveling through Thatcher Pass, located between Decatur and Blakely islands, when it ran aground. Its  crew was then transferred onboard a 33-foot Coast Guard Special Purpose Craft about five hours later and expected to arrive at the Coast Guard station in Bellinghman sometime before noon.

The Terrapin remained at the scene of the grounded boat until a Coast Guard helicopter arrived from Port Angeles to evaluate the scene for potential pollution. A Ballard-based salvage and diving company was expect to arrive at the scene later in the day to recover the fishing boat.


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