The U.S. Coast Guard towed in a commercial vessel that began taking on water Tuesday morning 66 miles west of Tillamook Head.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard’s Air Station Astoria in Warrenton received a mayday call from the captain of the 48-foot fishing vessel Pura Vida at 3:36 a.m. Tuesday and sent out an urgent marine broadcast requesting assistance. Multiple commercial fishing vessels and two U.S. Navy warships answered.
The Coast Guard launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Astoria, which delivered a watering pump to the Pura Vida. The nearby fishing vessel Western Edge delivered a second pump. A 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Cape Disappointment delivered a third.
The 47-footer took the Pura Vida in tow toward the Columbia River and was later relieved by the 52-foot motor lifeboat Triumph from Station Cape Disappointment.